Squash players accuse GS Sohel of irregularities

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:00, Aug 08,2019


A group of players and organisers, led by Bangladesh Squash Rackets Federation executive member Hedayet Ullah Turkey, on Wednesday raised a 29-point complaint against federation secretary Jahangir Hamid Sohel at the Bangabandhu National Stadium.

After reading out the complaints, which included financial irregularities, autocracy, irregularities in player escalation, nepotism and failure in producing promising players, Turkey-led group demanded to the National Sports Council to form a probe body against Sohel.

‘He [secretary] has become a dictator as he is in the same post for the last 16 years. We are demanding a probe body by NSC without keeping him in the charge,’ said Turkey in a press conference at the BNS.

Turkey accused Sohel of not maintaining any proper process for the player selection for any tournament, including the recent SA Games camp.

They claimed that the last time the federation office was opened was on August 8, 2015, when federation president Lt Colonel (retired) Faruq Khan called an executive meeting, and since it has remained shut.

The accusers further claimed that the taka 12 lakh provided by the NSC in 2016 to hold a talent programmes was not utilised properly and accused Sohel of never submitting any document of tournament expenditure.

The secretary was also accused of posing his son as a national squash champion to get USA visa and taking him to the country during the WSF World Masters Squash Championship last year.

Two veteran squash players Bhola Lal Chohan and Abdul Goni also spoke in the press conference.

Sohel denied all those allegations and claimed to be surprised by them.

’All these are baseless and funny. I also demand for a probe against the allegations,’ said Sohel.

’I do not know why they are doing this. I never take any decision without president’s permission, so there is no scope for irregularities. I will discuss this matter with our president.

‘They are telling lies, my staff open federation office two to three days in a week, mostly in the evening. Before any tournament, the executive and the tournament committee meeting is held,’ he added.

‘The WSF World Masters Squash Championship 2018 in USA was a tournament for under-15 players. I brought my son there with tourist visa by my own cost. How could I show my son as a player,’ he said, showing visa photocopies to media at Bangladesh Sports Press Association office in the evening.

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