Table tennis: India's C'wealth Games table tennis team drop Ghosh after rape allegation

Soumyajit Ghosh has been placed under "provisional suspension".
Soumyajit Ghosh has been placed under "provisional suspension".PHOTO: FACEBOOK/SOUMYAJIT GHOSH

NEW DELHI (AFP) - India on Friday (March 23) dropped table tennis player Soumyajit Ghosh, who featured in the 2016 Rio Olympics, from its Commonwealth Games squad after a teenager accused him of rape, officials said.

The Table Tennis Federation of India (TTFI) executive said in a statement said that 24-year-old Ghosh had been placed under "provisional suspension".

"During the suspension, the paddler will not be able to participate in any tournament, national or international," it said.

Ghosh's future will now depend on the "final outcome of the police investigation and court verdict, if any, on the alleged rape charges against him by the teenager", the TTFI added.

The complainant in eastern West Bengal state told police that they became friends through a social networking site in 2014, and Ghosh promised to marry her after she turned 18.

Ghosh has denied the allegations.

"Whatever she is saying is false as I haven't done anything wrong. We were together but then I wanted to focus on my career so I told her 'it is very difficult to be with you'," he told Press Trust of India.

"After I broke things off with her, she started blackmailing me, my family and my friend circle. From the last one and a half year, she has been trying to threaten and blackmail us," he added.

The 2018 Commonwealth Games will be held in April on Australia's Gold Coast.