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Haryana Sports Minister Sandeep Singh suspends coaches for absence from duty

Haryana Sports Minister Sandeep Singh suspends coaches for absence from duty

Abhishek Kundu

Published: 25 Nov 2019 5:59 AM GMT

Haryana's new Sports Minister Sandeep Singh has suspended two sports department coaches for being absent from duty. The former Indian hockey captain has also ordered a special flying squad to check stadiums for coaches' conduct.

Sandeep Singh became Haryana's Sports Minister after BJP came to power in the state

"I don't like those coaches who come, drink tea and go back to their homes without training players. Coaches are not supposed to come according to their own timings and go home on their own timings. Such coaches are on my radar and we would form a special flying team to oversee such happenings. The main work of coaches is to prepare athletes and that's why the government gives them a salary," Singh told the reporters present at the Gita Mahotsav Run in Kurukshetra.

The 2010 Arjuna awardee began his political career this year when he contested on a BJP ticket at the Haryana Assembly Elections and defeated Congress' Mandeep Singh Chattha by a margin of more than 5300 votes. Sandeep Singh took oath as the Minister of State after BJP came to power in Haryana and was handed the Youth Affairs Ministry as well as Independent charge of Printing and Stationary Ministry.

"I have suspended two coaches for not performing their duties and such actions will be taken against undisciplined coaches and officials too. Nurseries and stadiums are the first places, where athletes play and think of taking sports as a career and coaches cannot be absent without authorisation. Coaches, who do well and also do value addition to the athletes, will also be rewarded by the department. My focus is not on hockey only but on all the sports and we want Haryana to maintain its supremacy in the field of sports in India. Whoever indulges in indiscipline in the department has to sit at home and no such behaviour will be tolerated in the department," signed off Singh.

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