Rashid Khan Reaches a Compromise With DGC to Continue Playing
Indian golfer Rashid Khan on Friday, 31 May, met Delhi Golf Club committee member Amit Luthra and submitted a letter, charting his terms of settlement in a bid to restore his playing rights at the prestigious course.
Rashid, who has been banned by the DGC along with a group of golfers from practising at the course since last January, said he is ready to take back the court case, withdraw the police complaint and also hold a joint press conference to dissolve the tension.
"I have submitted a letter to Mr Amit Luthra. He suggested a few things which we will include and then sign it in front of the committee. So hoping there will be a meeting at the earliest to solve the issue,” said Rashid
"It is not only about me, it is also about the others who have also been banned by DGC. So, I am ready to take back my police complaint and also withdraw the court case and have a joint press conference” Rashid further added.
Rashid, a two-time Asian tour winner, said he was never interested in DGC membership.
"Even if you don't want a compromise, give us a letter saying that we have been banned. I am looking for a permanent solution” he added.
One of the reasons why Rashid was banned was because of his fight with a security guard.
Asked about his preferred practice timings, Rashid said: "In golf, once you tee off, you can keep moving ahead and others can also play. So my suggestion is allow us to play in non-priority timing, allow us to tee off during a particular hour say from 9-10 am.
"In winter, most golfers are busy with tournaments and not many come to play at DGC. So we are not bothering anyone and even if one wants to practice, no one will supersede a member," he added.
The 28-year-old also wants that professional golfers be given a year's notice to practice at DGC even if they are not in the top 100 of PGTI.
DGC president Major Ravinder Singh Bedi (retd) said: "My doors are always open for a dialogue. Rashid has met Amit Luthra, so let him submit his wishlist to the committee and then we can discuss about it and take it forward”.