The confusion regarding the team was accentuated when the sports ministry released its final approved list of Asian Games athletes on Friday morning.
In Indian sports, the backroom stories are sometimes more fascinating than the game itself. They have their share of intrigue, mystery, plots and subplots.
The IOA recently said that they would prefer sending teams that qualify and meet sports ministry criteria – top eight in Asia. The Indian men’s football team is ranked 18th.
Veteran striker scores hat-trick to help team overpower Pakistan