Table tennis player Soumyajit Ghosh, who was booked for raping an 18-year-old girl, is facing suspension.
On Thursday (March 22), the Table Tennis Federation of India (TTFI) announced that it was a likely to suspend Ghosh, PTI reported. Consequently, he is likely to be excluded from the country’s squad for the Commonwealth Games (CWG), federation secretary MP Singh said.
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Ghosh is currently in Germany, prepping for the CWG games. It begins in Australia on April 4.
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#CWG2018, likely to be suspended over rape allegation: TTFI Secretary
The 18-year-old girl filed an FIR against the former national champion on March 21.
The Arjuna awardee has been booked under the IPC sections for rape, criminal conspiracy, causing miscarriage without the woman’s consent and cheating, the police said
“The charges are very serious against Ghosh, who is an important member of the men’s squad for the CWG. I have called an executive committee meeting tomorrow,” said Singh.
“In my opinion, we have no option but to suspend him pending further investigations. Sanil Shetty has been in the reserves and will be his replacement for the Gold Coast Games.”
“We got to know about the episode through news reports in the morning. We have managed to acquire a copy of the FIR. Since these are very serious charges, the TTFI has convened an emergency meeting of the executive board on Sunday. We will take an appropriate call in 48 hours,” Singh, TTFI secretary-general, told The Hindu on Thursday.
Police have lodged an FIR against Ghosh on the basis of a complaint lodged by his ex-girlfriend, according to which the athlete established physical relationship with her for two years after promising marriage.
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However, Indian Olympic Association president Narinder Batra is willing to keep him in the team. He argued that if TTFI drops Ghosh, the CWG federation won’t allow any replacement.
“The matter has not reached the IOA yet but as far as I know, the rule states that a replacement would only be allowed if a particular player sustains injury or falls ill,” Batra told reporters
Ghosh has denied the allegations. He said the 18-year-old was his girlfriend, but that she was blackmailing him after they drifted apart.
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Table Tennis player Soumyajit Ghosh in the dock. 18-year-old girl accuses the Olympian of rape; alleges that she was forced to undergo abortion when she was 16. F.I.R. lodged against the player. pic.twitter.com/GIyxioI1Lc
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#WestBengal: 18-year-old lodges FIR against Arjuna awardee table tennis player #SoumyajitGhosh, accusing him of rape. Victim says, 'We were in a relationship since last 3 years, during which he raped me. He also promised to marry me, but refused later.' pic.twitter.com/kfosb7rPut
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