ISL 2021-22: Game 53 between ATK Mohun Bagan and Odisha FC postponed due to COVID outbreak
ATK Mohun Bagan was scheduled to take on Odisha FC in the 2021-22 ISL on Saturday. However, a COVID outbreak in the ATKMB camp has led to the match's postponement.
Game 53 of the Indian Super League (ISL) was supposed to be held between ATK Mohun Bagan (ATKMB) and Odisha FC (OFC) at the Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Fatorda (Goa) on Saturday. However, one of the players at ATKMB has tested positive for COVID-19. Consequently, the match has been postponed to a later date.
"The decision has been taken in consultation with the League's medical team after an ATK Mohun Bagan player tested positive for COVID-19. The League will work closely with the medical experts to monitor and ensure the safety of all the players and support staff in the squad and others involved," said ISL in a media release.
It happens to be the first COVID case in the entire tournament this season. The competition is being held entirely in Goa this term across three venues. Saturday was supposed to be a double-header. Meanwhile, the other game between FC Goa (FCG) and Chennaiyin FC (CFC) at the GMC Athletic Stadium in Bambolim will go ahead as scheduled.
As for the ATKMB player testing COVID positive, the footballer's name has not been revealed. ATKMB is placed in the fourth spot, while a win tonight could have taken it to the top site. On the other hand, OFC is ranked seventh, eyeing the third spot. The country is amidst the third pandemic wave, with cases rising regarding the new Omicron variant.