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Gurbaj Singh to move court against Hockey India ban

Hockey India has decided to maintain the nine-month ban imposed on midfielder Gurbaj Singh, after his appeal and explanation was found insufficient.

As his ban will be lifted in May 2016, he will be unavailable for the Rio Olympics in August next year.

Gurbaj said he has decided to approach the court, insisting the charges against him are unjustified. In a report submitted to Hockey India, Former India assistant coach Jude Felix accused Gurbaj of disobeying the support staff and creating split within the team.

Consequently, Gurbaj was banned for nine months by Hockey India's disciplinary committee, and given an option to appeal. The matter was heard on Friday by Hockey India.

However, the committee, which included President Narinder Batra, CEO Elena Norman, Harbinder Singh and RP Singh, was not won over by Gurbaj's clarification and counter-argument.

Meanwhile, Gurbaj said he will drag the parent body to court. He said, "These charges are all baseless. The allegations against me are pre-planned and there is no truth in whatever is being said. I will go to the court as I know I have done nothing wrong."

Gurbaj has already served a month and a half of the ban. He will not participate in the next HIL season and Hockey World League (HWL) finals in November/December this year.