The league officially announced their decision a few hours before kick-off.
On Monday, January 17, Indian Super League (ISL) organizers decided to postpone the match between Hyderabad FC and Jamshedpur FC, which was set to take place later in the day.
“Indian Super League (ISL) announces the postponement of Match No. 63 between Hyderabad FC and Jamshedpur FC scheduled to be played today, Monday, January 17, 2022, at Athletic Stadium, Bambolim. The decision has been taken in consultation with the League’s medical team taking into account the inability of Jamshedpur FC to field a team. The League will look to rearrange the fixture to a later date. The health and safety of all personnel in various bubbles remains our priority, and the League & Clubs will continue to monitor the situation and act accordingly,” the league’s official statement.
As of the time of writing, four games have been postponed by the ISL organizers to date. Earlier, ATK Mohun Bagan’s matches against Odisha FC and Bengaluru FC were put off for a later date. Sunday’s clash between Kerala Blasters and Mumbai City then met with the same fate.
Khel Now has learned that players and staff of ATKMB, Bengaluru FC, FC Goa, Jamshedpur FC, Kerala Blasters, NorthEast United, Odisha FC and SC East Bengal have tested positive for COVID-19, thereby resulting in their teammates going into isolation. The likes of ATKMB, BFC, Goa, JFC and KBFC have not trained for days, while Odisha and SCEB returned to the pitch on Monday after a brief hiatus.
If the situation continues, more games are set to be postponed, undoubtedly. There has been no decision yet, on a potential postponement of the ISL 2021-22 season as a whole.