STATE TIMES NEWSJAMMU: The fast growing game of Dueball has been included in the National School Games by the School Games Federation of India (SGFI) for the calendar year 2021-2022.This was stated by founder and working president of the Dueball Federation of India (DFI), Firoz Khan. “The game has been introduced into the SGFI for the calendar year 2021-2022 for the under-19 age category. In a span of seven years after the game founded in 2012, Dueball is played in 25 States and five Union Territories of the country,” informed Khan. Not only in India, the game has reached different parts of the world with 25 countries practicing the discipline. In last seven years or so, four international championships have been conducted on the foreign soils. “The Federation had planned an Asian meet in May but due to COVID, it has to be postponed,” said the DFI working president.Never break COVID-19 protocols of othercountries: Rijiju to athletesn AGENCYNEW DELHI: Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju on Tuesday cautioned Indian sportspersons against breaking COVID-19 protocols of foreign countries while travelling for training or competition.Rijiju posted the comment while wishing Olympic-bound shooters a successful trip to Croatia, for which they left earlier in the day.“Safe journey! Never break the COVID-19 protocols of other countries. Focus on training, take care and stay safe. Will provide all necessary support to our athletes and the coaches. All the best,” Rijiju tweeted.The remark came in the backdrop of Bengaluru FC’s AFC Cup play-off against Eagles FC in Male being postponed after the visiting team had to tender an apology for violating quarantine protocols in the host city.Maldives sports minister Ahmed Mahloof had asked BFC to leave the island nation after two players and a support staff member of the team broke the quarantine rules and were photographed walking on the streets of Male.Club owner Path Jindal had stated that the violators were foreign recruits of the club.
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