AIFF to implement a new Age Verification Plan
A special committee meeting to discuss about the new norms of AIFF Age Verification Policy was held in Mumbai with members agreeing to implement new age verification plan.
Age frauds are a common problem that has plagued the Indian Football for a long time now. Despite various measures taken by the AIFF to curb this rampant deceit from players, who have known to forge documents in order to get into the team, it is still quite a significant point that the board has to address.
On 7th June, A special committee meeting was convened in Mumbai, to discuss about the new norms of AIFF Age Verification Policy. The meeting was attended by Chairman of AIFF Medical Committee Dr. Vece Paes and Chairman of AIFF Disciplinary Committee Mr. Ushanath Banerjee. Mr. Sunando Dhar, CEO I-League and Mr. Kishore Taid, COO AIFF also attended the meeting along with officials from FSDL.
The members discussed about measures to curb age fraud in various Age group competitions of AIFF. Dr. Paes suggested implementing the best practices of the sports industry i.e. age verification on the basis of TW 3 (Tanner-Whitehouse) method, to which it has been reported that the members have unanimously agreed on. While most radiologists agree that the TW3 test is only reliable up to age 18, it is srill believed to be the best method to test bone maturity for players playing in below U18 level.
The members unanimously decided to draft a new Age Verification Plan for various AIFF age group competitions, based on the TW 3 method, to be implemented from the 2018-19 season and suggested to form a new subcommittee which will purely be responsible to look into the matters of Age Verification.
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