Two India hoopsters banned for one year

Amjyot Singh and Palpreet Singh were banned by the federation on Wednesday. While Amjyot slapped (India teammate) Arshpreet Bhullar and Yadwinder during the Commonwealth Games, Palpreet was punished for a derogatory post on social media.

A file photo of India's Amjyot Singh. He, along with Palpreet Singh, has been banned for one year.   -  AP

India international basketball players Palpreet Singh and Amjyot Singh have been banned for one year each for “gross indiscipline”, Basketball Federation of India (BFI) Secretary-General, Chander Mukhi Sharma, stated on Wednesday.

“During the Indian team’s visit to Gold Coast for the Commonwealth Games, Amjyot slapped (India teammate) Arshpreet Bhullar. When captain Yadwinder Singh tried to step in and calm the situation, Amjyot took on Yadwinder as well. The incident disturbed the mental state of the team, and affected their performance. This is the fifth time that we have had disciplinary issues with Amjyot. In the past, he has had altercations with our national team coaches S. Bhaskar and G.R.L. Prasad,” Chander said.

Amjyot, a 6'8" forward, was drafted by OKC Blue of the NBA G League last year.

Palpreet has been punished for a derogatory post he made on social media, Chander explained.

“Gross indiscipline of this nature cannot be tolerated. Excusing this sort of behaviour will send the wrong message to youngsters in the national team,” Chander said.