Hockey India lifts ban on Gurbaj Singh
Hockey India has lifted the ban it had earlier imposed on midfielder Gurbaj Singh. The 27-year-old finds his ban lifted in just over excess of two months time.
New Delhi: Hockey India has lifted the ban it had earlier imposed on midfielder Gurbaj Singh. The 27-year-old finds his ban lifted in just over excess of two months time in the wake of Punjab and Haryana High Court's order that termed the suspension of the senior player "illegal".
Gurbaj has been left with a warning. Hockey India has made it clear that there shouldn't be any misconduct by the player from now onwards as past records will be brought into consideration.
The senior India hockey player was banned by the national body for nine months on August 10.
The decision to ban him was for indulgence in groupism and creating disharmony within the team.
The decision had threatened the midfielder's dream of playing in next year's Rio Olympics. But now it seems his dreams can finally be a reality with the upliftment of the ban.
The talented midfielder is considered as a workhorse and if he mends his ways India will strengthen its midfield options.
Earlier, the decision to suspend Gurbaj was taken after a meeting of Hockey India's disciplinary committee headed by Harbinder Singh with the midfielder and former India coach Jude Felix, who levelled the charges against him in his report after July's Hockey World League Semifinals in Antwerp, Belgium.
Gurbaj, however, had the option to lodge an appeal with HI's appellate tribunal within a month's time.
Felix in his report, had alleged Gurbaj of not co-operating with the coaches and was not a good ambassador for the national team.
Also in 2012 Gurbaj was suspended for a brief period after the London Olympics following similar accusations from the then chief coach Michael Nobbs and his support staff.
On his part, Gurbaj had termed the punishment "harsh" and said irrespective of the suspension, he will keep his focus solely on the game.
The ban was actually supposed to be lifted in May 2016.