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Jul 21, 2010 at 06:08pm IST

Hockey coach resigns after sleaze charges

New Delhi: Indian women's hockey coach MK Kaushik on Wednesday resigned after sleaze charges were labelled against him.

The coach said the allegations were baseless and the truth will come out after the inquiry.

Two big scandals rocked Indian hockey with a support staff member having been accused of sexual misconduct while on a tour and women's team coach M K Kaushik having declined to travel for the Asia Cup after a player complained against him.

Shocking pictures have sunk the reputation of the women's national hockey team to a new low after an official of the Sports Authority of India, who was the videographer of the team during the tour of China and Canada, was clicked in compromising positions with call girls in China in March and April. Hockey India says it has sacked him with immediate effect.

But even as this drama was playing out, fingers were being pointed at chief coach MK Kaushik as well. An official complaint has been registered against him by a squad member, accusing him of asking for sexual favors. The player, who we will not name is not in the Indian team for next week's Asian champions trophy in Seoul, South Korea.

Hockey India secretary-general Narinder Batra said, "These are serious allegations and will be dealt with seriously. Certain members of the team might be going through fear psychosis but it's good this has come out in the open as we will now take corrective action and resolve the issue."

Hockey India constituted a four-member committee including two former captains to get to the bottom of the matter. But once again the national game has been reduced to a national shame.