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There have been some speculation in the media regarding the possibility of foreign nationals playing for Indian teams under the Indian National Flag.

The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports reiterates that selection of teams for international competitions is entirely the prerogative of the concerned National Federations and the Ministry has no role to play in selection of the teams.

The Ministry has however again examined the issue and reiterates its view that a person can represent Indi in any international competition only if s/he is an Indian passport holder.

This view was also articulated earlier in the Ministry’s guidelines dated 26.12.2008 and 12.03.2009.

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