The onslaught against OTV is widely believed to be the Naveen Patnaik government's way of dealing with Jay Panda, who broke away from the BJD and joined the BJP months before the 2019 general elections.
Kiren Rijiju, who watched the first-leg of Indian men's and women's teams Tokyo Olympic Qualifiers against USA and Russia respectively, said the government is committed to extend all possible support to the players
It was expected to be a tricky tie for India but they punched above their weight to simply demolish USA's challenge in front of a partisan crowd at the Kalinga Stadium. Ranked ninth in the world, India now need to defend their four-goal advantage in Saturday's second and final-leg to seal their 2020 Tokyo Olympics ticket
Bhubaneswar has to be fully compliant by the time the final inspection takes place later this year. Based on this, it will receive full ratification by the international football association and will be confirmed as the host city for the event, which will be the first FIFA competition for women in the country and the second overall to be held in India