Accreditation denied to hockey player

Monday, 24 March 2014 13:29

A miffed Hockey India on Saturday asked the Indian Olympic Association to withdraw the men’s hockey team from the Glasgow Commonwealth Games after it came to light that full-back Harbir Singh Sandhu has been denied accreditation by the organisers of event.
Harbir, whose name featured in the 28-member provisional list of the men’s team for the Glasgow Games, has been denied accreditation for the mega-event following a UK Home Office background check result.
But the decision did not go down well with the HI whose secretary general Narinder Batra shot off a letter to newly-elected IOA president N. Ramachandran and secretary general Rajiv Mehta and requested them to take up the matter with Glasgow Games organisers. “One of our shortlisted athletes for CWG in Glasgow has been denied a visa. No reason is being given. He is a young budding athlete and our prospect for the 2016 Olympics. He has travelled with the team earlier on international tours,” Batra wrote in the letter.
“I feel the IOA needs to take this matter forcefully with CWG otherwise it my personal opinion that IOA as a matter of protest should withdraw the men’s hockey team from CWG. I will take up the issue with the HI executive board on March 29.
“There is no guarantee that Harbir would be in the final 16 but we feel this is an insult for a budding Indian athlete.”

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