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Rajinder pleads ignorance on Tejbir
April 27, 2004 11:34 IST
Indian hockey team coach Rajinder Singh pleaded ignorance about the dope controversy surrounding forward Tejbir Singh and said he would only comment on the issue after talking to the player.
"I do not know anything about it (dope test). I came to know about this through media reports I read in Australia and I would talk to the players in a day or two and understand the whole issue," he told reporters on the team's arrival at the Indira Gandhi airport in New Delhi on Tuesday.
India finished at the bottom in the double-leg four-nation tournament which also featured South Africa and Malaysia along with the hosts.
Rajinder insisted that the team management decided to replace Tejbir due to his hamstring injury and he had no knowledge of the doping angle.
Tejbir, had however said last week that the coach had informed him about the dope test in Madrid.
"I was informed about it (test) in Madrid by the coach Rajinder Singh and had to return home," he said.
"I will soon get another test done and sort out the matter," the Punjab Police player had said adding he had not received any communication from the IHF."