Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup: Akashdeep given two match ban
India’s mercurial play maker Akashdeep Singh is on the radar of the Technical Committee of the International Hockey Federation.
A grieving Indian team, after its quarter final loss to Netherlands, was further pushed into gloom after the Technical Committee, taking cognizance of gesticulations or uttering of Akashdeep Singh held him guilty and awarded him two match bans.
India can contest the ban.
The Committee headed by the Tournament Director, Christian Deckenbrock of Germany, has recommended to the Disciplinary Committee of the Federation to impose a two match ban on Akashdeep Singh. The ban would be applicable only in the FIH approved tournaments meaning thereby that whenever India plays next FIH tournament, Akashdeep has to stay out for two games and India play with 10 players.
In case Akashdeep Singh is not in the team (18) players, punishment may be held in abeyance till his return to the team.
Earlier in the day, a during a Press conference, the FIH chief, Dr Narendra Dhruv Batra, also indirectly conveyed his strong displeasure over the reaction of Chief Indian Coach Harendra Singh. Without naming the coach, Dr Batra hinted that such actions could not be condoned for discipline and fair play in sports.