Hockey India lifts ban on Gurbaj Singh post HC order
Hockey India (HI) on Saturday lifted the nine-month ban on Gurbaj Singh with immediate effect in the wake of Punjab and Haryana High Court’s order that termed the suspension of the senior player “illegal”.
The decision on Gurbaj was taken at HI’s athletes disputes and grievance addressal committee headed by former great Harbinder Singh, days after the High Court said the charges levelled against the player were not enough for the severe ban he was handed.
HI had alleged that Gurbaj created disharmony and groupism in the team and suspended him following the Hockey World League semifinals in Antwerp, Belgium. Finding the ban unfair, the midfielder sought legal action. Sticking to its earlier stance, committee on Saturday said it is letting off Gurbaj with a warning.