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Sack Sandhu: Banned coach

For Subhash Goel, the Sports Authority of India's weightlifting coach, the last 3 years have been torturous, reports Ajai Masand.
PTI | By Ajai Masand, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON AUG 21, 2004 12:26 AM IST

For Subhash Goel, the Sports Authority of India's weightlifting coach, the last three years have been torturous.

After Kunjarani Devi was suspended for taking a stimulant at the 2001 Asian Championships in South Korea, Goel, too was banned for 10 months by the Indian Weightlifting Federation as he had gone as coach of the contingent.

"It was ridiculous on the part of the IWF to ban me as I was only coach during the team's trip to Korea. Kunjarani was under the coaching of Jaswant Singh in the national camps, which were supervised by chief national coach Pal Singh Sandhu. By that logic, they should have been suspended, but IWF made me the scapegoat and banned me," said Goel from Jaipur where he lives after taking voluntary retirement because "the frustration was too much to handle".

"By that yardstick, Sandhu, who is chief coach of the Indian weightlifting contingent in Athens, should also be banned. Two of his wards — Pratima and Chanu — have tested positive on such a big stage and so the action should also be more severe," said Goel

He also said IWF secretary Balbir Bhatia should own up moral responsibility and resign and Pal Singh Sandhu's Dronacharya Award should be taken back by the Government.

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