No, India Did Not Withdraw From The 1950 FIFA World Cup … – IndiaTimes

In the 1948 Olympics, India had impressed one and all with a good show. What drew attention was that most players played barefoot, while some wore socks. It was their first international tournament since independence. FIFA categorically told India that they would have to wear shoes for the World Cup. With just one slot from Asia, Philippines …

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