Former national Pakistani hockey team goal keeper Syeda Sadia will be pursuing a lawsuit against her head coach for an alleged case of assault and harassment.
The coach, Saeed Khan said that he “was not guilty at all” and that he was “ready to face any inquiry.”
The player turned to social media after the Pakistani Hockey Federation (PHS) said that her allegations were false “baseless” and therefore they would not be taking any action against the head coach.
Speaking to Dawn.com, Sadia said: “I will definitely pursue a case. When it comes down to my respect, I cannot tolerate it. I will not sit quietly.”
Sadia claims that her former coach harassed her on October 8 at dinner party hosted for the teams’ players in Lahore. Sometime during the dinner Khan asked her to step outside to speak, she said.
According to the events stated in the article, Khan allegedly spoke harshly to Sadia, grabbed her scarf and was going to hit her.
However, the Secretary of the PHS women’s wing Tanzeela Aamer had witnessed the scenario and prevented Khan from hitting her, said Sadia.
However, Aamer denied the occurrence of any of these events.
Sadia also claimed that Khan had followed her back to her room where her roommate Iqra Javed was.
She said that the coach grabbed her by the arm and threatened to ban her if she or Javed said any word about this incident.
“Then he forcefully took me back to the dinner. He told me to wash my face before I came down because I had been crying,” added Sadia.
Iqra was also dropped from the team for supporting Sadia’s statements.
“These are grave allegations. Sadia is the sole earner of her family, why would she make these accusations falsely, knowing the harm they will bring to her?” added Iqra.
Two days before her incident with the coach, Khan told Sadia that she would not be joining the team in Brunei.