Amjyot, his parents appeal to BFI to lift one-year ban

June 09, 2018 08:58 PM

Punjab News Express/Balbir Singh
CHANDIGARH: Slapped with a one year suspension for 'gross indiscipline', Indian star basketball player Amjyot Singh has urged the Basketball Federation of India to reconsider their decision as the ban has taken away the chance to represent India at the international level. It is alleged that Amjyot was denied to explain his position and also tried to meet the BFI secretary Chander Mukhi Sharma in Chandigarh but his efforts all went in vain as the BFI official did not meet him despite waiting for a full day.
A day after Amjyot Singh was imposed a one-year ban,  Amjyot's parents  Nirmaljit Kaur and Mohinder Singh Gill have  expressed shock over the BFI decision. The BFI handed Palpreet Singh and Amjyot bans on Monday for “indisciplinary activities” before and during the Commonwealth Games. The federation revealed that both the players’ objectionable actions had rendered them unfit to represent the national side and even be a part of the national team.
“We are  shocked and still unable to understand the reason behind the ban , one must be given a chance to explain , its only one side of coin , co players become friends and have issues at times too but they amicably settle their issues easily ,” said Amjyot's father Mohinder Singh Gill.
Amjyot's parents may approach the court to seek justice if the BFI refuses to lift suspension on the Indian star player.
“Amjyot  have been playing for the Indian team for the last 10 years. Since last year he's trying to improve as a player  in USA. he always wanted to play for India, it’s an honour for us. That’s the reason he always come back to play for the national side,” said mother Nirmaljit Kaur.
Amyjot has been charged of slapping and abusing teammate Arshpreet Singh Bhullar during the Commonwealth Games. He has also been held guilty of misbehavior with the national coach Rajinder Singh during the CWG. “He is  not psychic to do such things. There was an altercation in the normal course of practice. There was a disagreement over a foul call given to him  by the coach. he is  the last person to start such things, his reaction was only in self-defence,”  said Amyjot's parents.
 When he was given a hint about the ban, Amjyot tried many attempts to contact Mr Sharma and explain his side of the story, but wasn’t given a chance to do so, claimed mother Nirmaljit Kaur . On May 24, Amyjot was asked to visit Sharma’s residence in Chandigarh for a meeting. Amjyot   was made to wait for the entire day but the BFI secretary never met him.
BFI had on June 4, 2018 had issued Amjyot Singh Gill's one-year ban  from participating ‘in any of the basketball tournaments/matches/ championships falling under the purview/affiliated/permitted by the Basketball Federation of India in India as well as abroad’.
In a statement issued by Amjyot Singh said "I am totally shocke with BFI's decision to ban me. I have been representing the country for nearly eight years and have worked sincerely and was instrument in a number of memorable wins for India
I am disappointed with this action from the BFI. I have been representing my country for close to 8 years now and I have always given my all when I have the Indian jersey on, whether in practice or in the game. I have worked hard on my craft in the conditions given to me and continuously try to improve my game. I have been privileged to be a part of a number of memorable victories as part of the Indian team and I take immense pride in being able to contribute to our wins.
The BFI did not provide me an opportunity to be heard despite repeated attempts to clarify my position and my actions. I had contacted BFI Secretary General Chander Mukhi Sharma and requested for a meeting to express my view.  My calls were not replied and there was no attempt by any BFI members to hear my version of the events, neither was there any show cause notice issued to me before imposition of the ban.
Amjyot Singh has requested the BFI to revoke the ban imposed on him.

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