The sixth round of the IBF Foundation Blind Football Neighbouring Countries Challenge Series (NCCS), supported by Santen, will be held in Asia. India will visit Muscat, the capital of Oman, for two matches in late November. The first match will take place on 25th and the second on 27th, both at 4pm (local time). The matches will be played on an artificial grass pitch located in Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex.
Live streaming will be available on the IBF Foundation Facebook page and the event will be covered by local TV stations and newspapers.
The event has been repeatedly postponed and is now finally expected to take place. In order to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus, coordination will be made with local health authorities to ensure safety for all.
Since May this year, NCCS has so far been carried out in Central America, the Middle East, Africa and Europe, although implementation has not been easy due to changes in the infection situation and entry conditions.
The goals of the IBF Foundation Blind Football Neighbouring Countries Challenge Series, supported by Santen grant programme, are:
- to help reactivate blind football worldwide as we move towards a new reality following the global pandemic caused by COVID-19;
- to assist countries to overcome the financial difficulties they may face in returning to international competition;
- to present a positive image of our sport to the world and demonstrate that blind football, with proper health, hygiene and safety protocols and procedures in place, can offer a safe, virus-free environment for visually impaired athletes.
Grants of up to 10,000 US Dollars were available for projects involving air transportation, while projects involving travel by land were eligible for a grant of up to 5,000 US Dollars.
For more information on the International Blind Football Foundation or the Neighbouring Countries Challenge Series please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.