State girls’ team disqualified from Reliance football meet for cheating
The Reliance Foundation Youth Sports National Girls Football Championship 2018 was held from December 20, 2017 till January 6, 2018 at Reliance Ground, Mumbai. 18 member team of Chanabam Thambou Higher Secondary School (CTHSS), Wangoi zone participated in the meet.
The quarter final match was played out at Mumbai between CT H Secondary School and PS Secondary School of Chennai, in which the former school won by five goals.
The CT School clashed with four different schools for the state level and afterwards played in the Northeast zone and emerged team champion. The final round was played at Mumbai.
While the team from Manipur was enjoying its victory, the coach of PS School team, Kalidasan complained that one Ichan Devi from the CT School team was overage and she joined the tournament under a fictitious name. The matter came to light that Ichan had already represented India in the Indian team of U-16 (Under 16) back in 2012 in an international tour at Sri Lanka. Her age then was around about 15 at the time when the tournament was held in 2012. The Reliance Championship has an age bar of less than 19 years and the proof of Ichan’s age was given to the Reliance organisers by the PS School team coach.
The Reliance organisers further verified the claim to the All India Football Federation (AIFF) and sourced the documents regarding the player in question. Later, they found that the Aadhaar card of Ichan Devi and her school identity card did not match as per documents given by the CT Higher Secondary team.
The team had sent up the players’ list and the name of Ichan was not found, rather another name by Th. Kabita Devi was on the list. Here, Ichan is the player who was found posing as Kabita.
Sources also allaged that many players who represented the team was not students of CT Higher Secondary School. Moreover, the documents of the players did have the bonafide signatures and seal of the principal of the school.
As per the complaint by Kalidasan, the Reliance officials notified that the complaint was genuine. The organisers further revealed that although the player is a student of the institute, she has been found to be impersonating another player. As per the tournament rules and regulations clause 6.3, the team has been disqualified from the tournament, stated the organisers.
It further maintained that Reliance Foundation Youth Sports (RYFS) has zero tolerance policy towards such a gross violation and blatant disregard of the tournament regulations. It further stated that RYFS has all the time upheld and promoted the spirit of sportsmanship and the game of football which has become the very bedrock of the tournament.
Consequently, the reliance team has disqualified Chanabam Thambou Higher Secondary School team on January 4, 2018 and the quarter final win was also forfeited.
Sources maintained that such impersonation is prevalent and schools are part of the system which is sending up such players under different names and ages for participation in various football competitions.
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