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AIFF Pauses Deepak Sharma Till Next Time

New Delhi: The AIFF’s Emergency Committee, which is made up of the President, Vice President, and Treasurer, convened on Monday to talk about the Goa IWL 2 event and the grievances that certain players had lodged against Deepak Sharma.

Subsequently, the same day saw a gathering of the representatives of AIFF member associations.

After being summoned and hearing for a little while, Deepak Sharma was told to leave the meeting.

After hearing the views and recommendations from the representatives of the member associations, it was agreed to convene an emergency meeting of the Executive Committee on Tuesday at 1300 hours to deliberate on the future course of action.

Following a thorough deliberation, the members of the Executive Committee convened on April 2, 2024, and decided to promptly send the subject to the AIFF Disciplinary Committee and disband the Ad Hoc Committee, which had been constituted on March 30, 2024, under the direction of Pinky Bompal Magar.

Deepak Sharma would not be allowed to participate in any football-related activities going forward, according to the AIFF Executive Committee.

“The AIFF is determined to promote women’s football in a safe and enabling environment and will take all necessary steps to ensure this,” AIFF President Kalyan Chaubey stated in response to the circumstances. It is not appropriate to use the Goa incident from IWL 2 as justification for undermining the AIFF’s efforts to advance women’s football. The Disciplinary Committee has now been tasked with reviewing this specific matter, which will be handled urgently.

In the meantime, the AIFF has taken all required measures to guarantee the complainants’ safe return to their hometowns and will keep on offering any assistance that may be required.

“This season, the IWL was played on a home-and-away basis for the first time in history, a move that has been well received by fans. In addition, the IWL 2 has officially begun, and promotion and relegation will be implemented in the IWL starting with the next season.

The AIFF President emphasised that the IWL’s growth has had a significant influence, citing the India Senior Women’s Team’s recent strong performance in the Turkish Women’s Cup as one prime example. India overcame opponents from Europe and achieved their best-ever result of runners-up; however, they were narrowly defeated by eventual winners Kosovo.

The best midfielder in the Turkish Women’s Cup was declared to be Manisha Kalyan of India. Manisha, a standout football player for Apollon Limassol FC of Cyprus, was a major contributor to the team’s First Division Women’s League championship, which it won for the second time in a row.

With backing from the Indian government’s Ministry of Sports, Chaubey said, “The ‘Khelo India’ Girls’ League has ninety leagues played in three age groups, spread over 23 states and 45 cities.” 4760 females in all have taken part.

As of right now, 27,030 women are registered gamers nationwide. 15,293 female football players have enrolled on the AIFF Central Registration System site between September 2022 and March 2024.

The AIFF President said, “One of the most encouraging trends in Indian football is the increase in the number of women footballers in various age groups.”

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