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Rashid chalks out compromise formula to restore playing rights at DGC


Press Trust of India New Delhi
Indian golfer Rashid Khan Friday met Delhi Golf Club committee member Amit Luthra and submitted a letter, charting his terms of settlement in a bid to restore his playing rights at the prestigious course.
Rashid, who has been banned by the DGC along with a group of golfers from practising at the course since last January, said he is ready to take back the court case, withdraw the police complaint and also hold a joint press conference to dissolve the tension.
"I want to focus on my golf and not waste my time fighting. I just want my playing rights to be restored and I am ready to apologise and chalk out a compromise," Rashid told PTI.
"I have submitted a letter to Mr Amit Luthra. He suggested a few things which we will include and then sign it infront of the committee. So hoping there will be a meeting at the earliest to solve the issue.
"It is not only about me, it is also about the others who have also been banned by DGC. So, I am ready to take back my police complaint and also withdraw the court case and have a joint press conference."

Rashid, a two-time Asian tour winner, said he was never interested in DGC membership.
"I never wanted to be a member, I just want to play. I just want that they should give us in writing that we will be allowed to play at DGC. It shouldn't happen that after two years, again we have are stopped and we have to fight for it," he said.
"Even if you don't want a compromise, give us a letter saying that we have been banned. I am looking for a permanent solution."

One of the reasons why Rashid was banned was because of his fight with a security guard.
"Even the scuffle with the guard, it was he who first slapped me. I didn't start it. He later apologised so I didn't file any complaint against him but if still you feel I am wrong then check the CCTV footage of that area, it will make things clear."

Asked about his preferred practice timings, Rashid said: "In golf, once you tee off, you can keep moving ahead and others can also play. So my suggestion is allow us to play in non-priority timing, allow us to tee off during a particular hour say from 9-10 am.
"Golf course stays open from 4am to 9 pm. The members can make bookings to play from 11am to 2pm. During this timing, non-members can't play. So we just want that they allow us to play in non-priority timing.
"In winter, most golfers are busy with tournaments and not many come to play at DGC. So we are not bothering anyone and even if one wants to practice, no one will supersede a member."

The 28-year-old also wants that professional golfers be given a year's notice to practice at DGC even if they are not in the top 100 of PGTI.
"I think DGC should give a year extension to players who are not in top 100 to practice. If the golfer is not able to get back in top 100, then they can reduce some playing rights but don't completely disallow the golfer," he said.
DGC president Major Ravinder Singh Bedi (retd) said: "My doors are always open for a dialogue. Rashid has met Amit Luthra, so let him submit his wishlist to the committee and then we can discuss about it and take it forward.

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First Published: May 31 2019 | 8:15 PM IST

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