Bengal U-19 Hockey Players Made to Shave Heads After Loss
The Bengal Hockey Association (BHA) will form a three-member committee to look into the matter of state U-19 players being asked to shave their heads following a defeat in a match.
"The committee will be formed by tonight and whoever is responsible will be taken to task," BHA Secretary Swapan Banerjee told PTI.
The Bengal U-19 team lost to Namdhari XI 1-5 in the quarterfinal of the Junior National Championship (B Division) in Jabalpur.
The U-19 squad comprised 18 players and it was learnt that all of them except two had shaved their heads. A dozen of the players were from SAI's Eastern Regional Centre at Salt Lake.
"I scolded them during the match and never said anything after that. Why will I force them? I will talk to the players about what happened. I did not get a chance to speak to them as I am in the hospital for my wife," the coach said.
SAI Director Manmeet Singh Goindi said he will speak to the players and then take necessary action.
"I will speak to the players once they are back from school. Necessary steps will be taken," said Goindi.