Sardar Singh breaks silence; opens up on reasons for retirement

Former Indian hockey team captain, Sardar Singh, announced his retirement from the international hockey in September this year but opened up on the reasons for his decision only now.

Singh broke his silence on an incident which took place in 2018 during India’s Asia Cup in Dhaka, where he was called to David John’s room in the presence of the coach, Marijne.

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“I was called to his (David John’s) room just before the match against Pakistan in Asia Cup. The coach (Marijne) was also there. He (John) said I committed mistakes and I was playing a lot of individual game. Just before an important match I was called to tell this. You could imagine how I was feeling, he could have told me later,”, Singh said as per media reports.

During the Asian Games, Singh was not named among the probables for the Asian Champions Trophy in Oman which forced him to think about his future.

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“I was dropped from important tournaments, the World Hockey League and Commonwealth Games. I thought I will be brought back, I was sent with a junior team to Malaysia. I slowly began questioning myself what is going on. After Asian Games, I was thinking of continuing till the 2020 Olympics. I was very fit, one of the fittest in the team. But then I decided to quit (after being dropped again),” Singh mentioned as per media reports.

Regarding the sexual harassment case against him, Singh said, “I am not going to speak much on this as the case is going on. Two cases in Punjab have gone in my favour. It may be a case of jealously. But this case did not impact me much mentally or in my performance.”

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