Table Tennis Federation of India has dropped Soumyajit Ghosh from the Ceat Ultimate Table Tennis league player draft. The paddler is facing rape charges.
Twenty-five-year-old Raj Mondal has been signed up as a replacement for Soumyajit in the upcoming Player Draft for the second season of CEAT Ultimate Table Tennis.
The UTT brand owners and promoters 11SPORTS have made this announcement. The Table Tennis Federation of India had decided over the weekend to provisionally suspend the Olympian paddler pending investigations into rape charges levelled against him by a girl in Kolkata.
“Since UTT is recognised by TTFI, we accept their decision and have replaced Soumyajit Ghosh with Raj Mondal for the upcoming player draft scheduled in Mumbai on 28th March 2018. With the draft around the corner, the current circumstances do not allow us any time to wait for the decision of the court,” 11Sports’ Spokesperson said.
Raj Mondal, currently ranked sixth in the country, is a seasoned campaigner on the domestic circuit. He has won two Mixed Doubles titles in the Senior National Championships and finished third in the singles of the last National Games. He has been playing in the Spanish League this season and has won all the 12 matches he has played so far.
The CEAT UTT Season 2 will begin in Pune on June 14, 2018.