Three years after he resigned as the national women’s hockey coach on charges of sexual harassment only to be absolved later, Maharaj Krishan Kaushik now feels vindicated after Hockey India (HI) nominated his name to assist Indian men’s team coach Michael Nobbs till the 2016 Rio Olympics.

“I am happy that HI recommended my name for the job. The matter is now with Sports Authority of India who will take the final decision. It’s an honour for any player to coach his country, But I feel vindicated,” Kaushik told PTI.

“It was the same federation, which initiated an enquiry against me but after I was cleared of all the charges, it has now nominated my name to coach the men’s team. So it proves my innocence,” Kaushik added.

It may be recalled that Kaushik was removed from his job following allegations of sexual harassment by some members of the side. He was subsequently absolved of the charges following an enquiry by the Sports Ministry.

“I must say it was a tough phase because my reputation and my family’s reputation were at stake. The girls were misguided by some people who conspired against me. But the enquiry commission didn’t find anything and subsequently cleared me of all the charges,” he said.

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