The India national football team took part in their first training session in Doha on Friday evening in preparation for the upcoming FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifiers and the AFC Asian Cup China 2023, slated to kick-off from June 3 onwards.
The Indian players and the support staff arrived in Doha on Wednesday evening and were placed under compulsory quarantine while they waited for their RT-PCR tests. The squad only were allowed to train after every member of the travelling contingent tested negative for COVID-19.
"Yes, all the 28 players and support staff tested negative in the tests done after their arrival," confirmed All India Football Federation General Secretary Kushal Das.
The Blue Tigers have been bolstered by the presence of inspirational skipper, Sunil Chhetri saw their 10-day hard quarantine getting waived off by the Qatar Football Association and immediately started training following the COVID-19 negative test results.
"Gearing up for the challenges ahead. The #BlueTigers had their training first training session in Doha, Qatar last night," the AIFF said in a tweet,
Igor Stimac's side are currently taking part in a preparatory camp inside a bio-bubble before its first match on June 3 against hosts Qatar, following which they will play Bangladesh on June 7 and Afghanistan on June 15.
India who are currently placed fourth in Group E with three points are already out of contention to qualify for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, but still have a chance to secure a berth for the 2023 Asian Cup, scheduled to be held in China.