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Goa Sports Minister Hopes to Boost Tourism as the State Prepares to Host Indian Super League 2020-21 Behind Closed Doors

Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Fatorda, Goa (Photo Credit: News18)

Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Fatorda, Goa (Photo Credit: News18)

Three stadiums in Goa will be hosting all the matches of Indian Super League season 7 and state sports minister Manohar Ajgaonkar said nearly 500 hotel rooms will be booked for the event.

Goa Sports Minister Manohar Ajgaonkar has said the Indian Super League will be held in the coastal state as per the standard operating procedures andguidelines of the Union Ministry of Home Affairs in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Goa government will also try to boost tourism in the state by hosting the Indian Super League (ISL), Ajgaonkartold reporters on Sunday.

All matches of the seventh edition of ISL will be held at three venues in Goa, likely in November, amid strict health and safety measures to deal with the Covid-19 threat, the organisers said on Sunday.

The Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium at Fatorda in Margao, the Tilak Nagar Stadium at Vasco da Gama and the GMC Athletic Stadium at Bambolim are the venues slated to host the matches.

Ajgaonkar said the Goa government is happy to host ISL in the state. "We have already given permission for the ISL games in Goa," he said, adding that all SOPs will be followed alongwith guidelines of the MHA.

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"Football is our state game and through it, we will bepushing for tourism," said Ajgaonkar, who also holds charge of the tourism department in the Pramod Sawant-led government.

He said nearly 500 rooms in various hotels would be booked for the event, which will provide business to the tourism stakeholders.

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The matches will be held without the presence of spectators at the venues, the minister said. "But, if we manage to find any solution for Covid-19, then we might even allow spectators," he added.