The AIFF’s developmental I- League side Indian Arrows have had a decent showing in the tournament so far having played two matches in Goa, which was supposed to be the team’s temporary base for the initial two games.
Although due to the pollution problem in the National capital, the All India Football Federation (AIFF) is contemplating whether the home matches of the Arrows should be shifted away from Delhi. The team played their first two home matches at the GMC Athletic Stadium after their home ground in Delhi was unavailable and have three points in their kitty as of now. Banking on a great start after their opening round win against Chennai City FC, the Arrows were found wanting against Minerva in their 0-2 loss on Tuesday.
Sporting events in the capital have taken a hit due to the poor quality of air. Most recently, Sri Lankan cricketers complained about the pollution levels in the city during their Test match against India, at the Feroze Shah Kotla, in New Delhi. The Delhi Dynamos and Jamshedpur FC coaches complained about the pollution level in the city as well. Jamshedpur FC coach Steve Coppell said that the authorities need to take note of the pollution levels and shift the games to venues that are safer for the players.
AIFF has not taken a final decision as of yet but moving the games out of Delhi should be the way to go citing a short term solution for the issue. Arrows face Gokulam at home on 22nd and a decision should be made in time for the clash.