India is not a country that boasts of a table tennis glory, but Soumyajit Ghosh changed all of that by becoming the youngest player to qualify for Olympics from India when he participated in the 2012 London Olympics.
But things have gone haywire for the paddler as Soumyajit Ghosh on Thursday, March 22, denied allegations of rape against him, saying that he had been in a relationship with the accuser and that she has been blackmailing him ever since their relationship ended.
“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’,” said Ghosh, who is set to be dropped from the Commonwealth Games table tennis squad owing to the charges levelled against him by an 18-year-old.
The complaint against him was lodged at the Barasat women’s police station in North 24 Parganas district in West Bengal, where the 24-year-old Arjuna awardee has been booked under for rape, criminal conspiracy, forcing the woman to have an abortion and cheating, the police said.
The paddler, who is currently training in Germany, claimed that the girl was blackmailing him for money and the allegations were a ploy to ruin his career.
“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.”
Ghosh said he was on good terms with the girl’s family during their time together and her mother was also present when he won the Arjuna Award.
The Table Tennis Federation of India announced that it Ghosh was likely to be suspended but the paddler denied having received any such order.