GFA halts football leagues in Goa amid Covid-19 concerns

The Goa Pro League and Women's Football League have reached the halfway mark.
GFA halts football leagues in Goa amid Covid-19 concerns

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The Goa Football Association (GFA) has postponed the 2021-22 season for the foreseeable future because of the sudden increase in the number of Covid-19 new casesin the state.

The GFA on Tuesday announced a temporary postponement of matches in the ongoing Goa Professional League and the Women's Football League because of a significant increase in the number of Covid-19 cases. The matches are called off until further notice.

"Please be informed that onling Goa Professional League 2021-22 as well as 5th GFA Vendanta Women's Football league are hereby temporarily suspended until further order due to abnormal rise in Covid-19 cases in Goa with positivity rate reaching 26.43% as on January 4, 2022," GFA said in a statement.

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The GFA Professional League started on 16 October 2022. Currently, the Goa Pro League and Women's Football League have reached the halfway mark.

Earlier, the Goa Pro League was cut short because of the Coronavirus Pandemic during the 2019-20 season.

The coastal state is witnessing a sudden surge in COVID-19 cases with 592 fresh infections reported on Tuesday. Six more Omicron cases were also reported in the last 24 hours, taking the tally of Omicron cases in Goa to 11.

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