Olympian TT player Soumyajit Ghosh marries girl who accused him of rape
NEW DELHI: His life thrown haywire by a rape allegation, main Indian desk tennis participant Soumyajit Ghosh has married his accuser 4 months after his profession nose-dived owing to the disaster.
The whole lot that might go fallacious has gone fallacious for the 25-year-old within the 12 months he attained a career-high 58th within the Worldwide Desk Tennis Federation rankings.
In March, he was accused for rape by an 18-year-old, that led to the two-time Olympian and India’s youngest ever nationwide champion hitting “all-time low”.
4 months on, he has not even felt the racket in his hand, is heavier by greater than 10 kgs and is a married man.
“They are saying a sportsperson in India has to undergo quite a bit to attain one thing. The grind prepares you for the worst however what occurred with me 4 months in the past hit me exhausting and hit me out of nowhere. I didn’t know the way to cope with it,” Ghosh advised PTI.
“Everybody thought concerning the lady. That she was younger. I used to be younger too. If she was a minor, I used to be 22 after we began courting. I’m nonetheless younger. Having mentioned that, there isn’t a level trying again. I moderately look forward. Hope my court docket case is over quickly and I get again to coaching,” mentioned the skilful participant, who will likely be “dearly missed” on the upcoming Asian Video games in Indonesia.
Ghosh was enjoying in Germany in March when he heard concerning the FIR filed in opposition to him by in Barasat, West Bengal. Fearing arrest on arrival in India, he selected to remain again in Europe and stayed in “three-four completely different nations” earlier than returning house in Might.
“It was solely throughout that point, I came upon who had been really my well-wishers. I used to be devastated. I used to be on the peak of my profession, enjoying for a great membership in Germany after which one thing like this occurs.
“I’d not identify them but however I survived that part due to simply two folks and my dad and mom in fact,” he mentioned.
In truth his teammates — the veteran Sharath Kamal, G Sathiyan, Harmeet Desai — additionally stood by him. If it was not for the rape allegations, Ghosh would have gone with the staff to the Gold Coast Commonwealth Video games, the place the contingent got here up with a best-ever efficiency.
“TTFI, the gamers had been all there for me. All was going fallacious however their help saved me going. After CWG, the staff went to World Championship straight and misplaced an in depth match to Croatia. Sharath bhai known as me and advised me ‘we’d have received in the present day in case you had been round’. It made me really feel that I used to be nonetheless wanted.”
Within the huge 12 months for Indian sport, he’ll find yourself lacking the Asian Video games as properly.
“The goal needs to be a 3rd Olympics. However proper now, it’s all about getting finished with the authorized points. I’ve gained quite a lot of weight additionally. The comeback will likely be robust however I’ve to discover a method to overcome this,” mentioned Ghosh, who certified for the London and Rio Olympics.
The Indian staff is stronger than ever however Ghosh stays an integral half.
“Like Sharath, he’s an enormous match participant. He has the expertise to drag off shut video games. We hope to have him again quickly,” mentioned overseas coach Massimo Costantini.
Ghosh’s authorized troubles could possibly be over quickly, going by what his spouse, Tulika Dutta, mentioned on the reception in Kolkata on Monday.
“I do not know concerning the authorized formalities however I’ll communicate to the lawyer and be certain that my husband’s future shouldn’t be jeopardised. It is a recent starting for each of us and we are going to do our greatest to beat the misunderstandings and reside fortunately,” she mentioned.