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Hockey players asked to shave heads after defeat? Probe ordered

first_imgHockey players asked to shave heads after defeat? Probe orderedA three-member committee will be formed by Bengal Hockey Association to probe into the matter of U-19 players being asked to shave their heads following a defeat in a match.advertisement Press Trust of India KolkataJanuary 21, 2019UPDATED: January 21, 2019 15:04 IST 16 out of 18 players in Bengal’s U-19 squad shaved their heads after loss in Junior National Championship quarters. (Reuters Representational Image)HIGHLIGHTS16 players of Bengal’s U-19 squad were found to have shaved their headsThe head shaving was found out after Bengal’s loss to Namdhari XI 1-5 in the quarterfinal of the Junior National ChampionshipSAI Director Manmeet Singh Goindi said he will speak to the playersThe Bengal Hockey Association (BHA) will form a three-member committee to look into the matter of state U-19 players being asked to shave their heads following a defeat in a match.”The committee will be formed by tonight and whoever is responsible will be taken to task,” BHA Secretary Swapan Banerjee told PTI.The Bengal U-19 team lost to Namdhari XI 1-5 in the quarterfinal of the Junior National Championship (B Division) in Jabalpur.Coach Anand Kumar had allegedly told the players during half-time that he will have their heads tonsured if they lost.While some members of the squad said they did it after returning to Kolkata out of respect and disappointment, a few said they were forced.The U-19 squad comprised 18 players and it was learnt that all of them except two had shaved their heads. A dozen of the players were from SAI’s Eastern Regional Centre at Salt Lake.”I scolded them during the match and never said anything after that. Why will I force them? I will talk to the players about what happened. I did not get a chance to speak to them as I am in the hospital for my wife,” the coach said.SAI Director Manmeet Singh Goindi said he will speak to the players and then take necessary action.”I will speak to the players once they are back from school. Necessary steps will be taken,” said Goindi.Also Read | Former captain Sardar Singh named in selection committee of Hockey IndiaAlso Read | Hockey India to advertise for senior coach, Harendra Singh offered charge of junior teamAlso Read | India need to develop world class drag-flickers: Former hockey captain Dilip TirkeyadvertisementFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byPTI Tags :Follow HockeyFollow Bengal Hockey AssociationFollow Sports Authority of India Nextlast_img