Santosh Trophy postponed due to rise in COVID-19 cases

The Santosh Trophy or the Senior National Football Championship is a football knock-out competition competed by the regional state associations and government institutions under the AIFF.

On Wednesday, The National Football Championship for the Santosh Trophy which was supposed to be held at Malapurram in Kerela from February 20 to March 6 got postponed till further notice due to a rise in COVID-19 cases.

The All India Football Federation (AIFF) said that before the declaration of the new schedule, it will first analyze the circumstance next month.

The AIFF said that they have communicated to participating state associations that due to the rise in the no. of COVID-19 positive cases and also after consulting with the Government of Kerela, the competition schedule for the Hero National Football Championship for the Santosh Trophy has been postponed.

A review of the circumstance will be taken into consideration in the third week of February so that the federation can decide on new dates and new schedules for the competition.

The Santosh Trophy or the Senior National Football Championship is a football knock-out competition competed by the regional state associations and government institutions under the AIFF.

It was started in 1941 after the then president of the Indian Football Association, West Bengal’s Football Association, Sir Manmatha Nath Roy Chowdhary of Santosh, and Sir Satish Chandra Chowdhury donated the trophy. It consists of 31 teams out of which West Bengal has won the most amount of titles (32 trophies).

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