The first effort at reviving sports activity in India through a ‘bio-bubble’ has turned out to be a successful operation. With the COVID-19 pandemic laying siege to the world for a substantial period now, the Qualifiers of the I-League sought to beat the scourge by creating a bio-secure environment. This was the first competitive sports event after the government ordered a graded unlocking of activities following the lockdown.

The five-round tournament pitted five candidates for a lone qualification spot and Mohammedan Sporting gained entry to the tournament proper after seven years. The jubilation in the Mohammedan Sporting camp also meant a fair success for the bio-bubble concept. This also brought to fruition months of planning and coordination involving the likes of the national body, All India Football Federation (AIFF), its affiliate in West Bengal, Indian Football…

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