Igor Stimac, the head coach of the Indian football team, referred to the reasons as “unjust” for not sending the team to the Asian Games.
The Indian football team is anticipated to fall short of the Sports Ministry’s requirements in order to be left out of the delegation that will represent the nation at the Asian Games in Huangzhou, China, in 2022. Only teams placing in the top eight of the continental rankings for their respective sports would be permitted to travel for the Asiad, the ministry had previously stated. India is only placed 18th in Asia, making it impossible for them to get up to the top eight with the Games beginning in late September.
Stimac, who has guided India to within FIFA’s top 100 in the rankings after winning the SAFF Championships trophy, continued, “The reasons given are unjust and as India’s national team coach, I felt it’s important to immediately bring this matter to your and the Hon’ble Sports Minister Anurag Thakur’s knowledge.