Swimming Federation of India bans Goa swimming coach following molestation charges

The Swimming Federation of India has banned Goa head swimming coach Surajit Ganguly from all activities related to the sport in the country.

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The Swimming Federation of India (SFI) has banned Goa swimming coach Surajit Ganguly from all activities related to the sport in the country, following charges of molestation on Thursday.

Earlier in the day, Goa Swimming Association terminated Ganguly's contract, who allegedly molested a 15-year-old swimmer.

"Shocking and deplorable incident of misconduct by a swim coach in Goa has come to the attention of Swimming Federation of India and Goa Swimming Association (a unit of SFI). Based on social media accounts the state unit has initiated Suo-Moto action to ban this individual from all coaching activity in the state. Based on report filed with the SFI it’s Goa unit and corroborated by evidence on social media the Swimming Federation of India condemns this heinous behaviour and has banned this coach from any form of coaching or other activities related to the sport across india. Circular to this effect is issued to all its 29 state units," an official statement on Thursday said.

Union sports minister Kiren Rijiju on Thursday said he had taken "a strong view" of the incident and added that he has asked the Swimming Federation of India not to employ Ganguly anywhere in the country.

"We terminated Surajit’s contract immediately after watching the video. Both the girl and coach are from Bengal," GSA Secretary Syed Abdul Majid said.

Ganguly was appointed by the GSA about two and a half years ago for its Mapusa facility.