"This is a complete breach of trust and his duty of care as a coach. It also leads to all Indian athletes like us to feel vulnerable in such situations," the players said in the joint statement.
The 26-year-old joins a host of other Indian hockey players from the men's and women's teams, including coaches of the respective teams for the prestigious award in various categories.
The 26-year-old from Amritsar was in sublime form throughout the tournament as he scored nine goals and was the second highest goal scorer along with Wales' Gareth Furlong.
Several Akali leaders meet amid demand by a section for party overhaul; Badals form disciplinary panel
The meeting comes in the backdrop of a demand by certain leaders for the implementation of the recommendations of the Iqbal Singh Jhudan-panel.
Already assured of a silver, a gold from here will be icing on the cake for the Indians and the Manpreet Singh-led side won't like to miss such an opportunity.
The Indians were awarded the golden opportunity after South Africa stunned defending champions New Zealand in their final match to finish second in Pool A behind six-time champions Australia.
Harmanpreet (19th, 20th, 40th minutes) converted two penalty corners and scored one from the spot while Gurjant Singh struck a field goal in the 49th minute for India.
Harmanpreet (7th, 54th minute) converted two penalty corners while Akashdeep Singh (38th, 60th) scored two fine field goals.
The IOA had a four-member committee to pick the flagbearers which also included secretary general Rajeev Mehta, treasurer Anandeshwar Panday, and Team India Chef de Mission Rajesh Bhandari.
Eliminating Moose Wala killers shot in the arm for Punjab Police amid concerns over state's law and order situation
Gangsters Jagroop Singh Roopa and Manpreet Singh alias Mannu Kusa were killed in an encounter by the Punjab Police in Amritsar on Wednesday, said Police.
Eight MPs, including BJP's Sunny Deol, fail to cast vote in presidential poll; SAD MLA chooses 'boycott' path
Out of the eight MPs, two were from BJP, and one each from Congress, Samajwadi Party, BSP, Shiv Sena, AIMIM and DMK, sources said.
“The Court has directed the State Government to do the security audit of all the courts on which we said that it will be done within a month,” said Additional Advocate General Sachin Kumar.
Sidhu was the grandson of Justice SS Sidhu, a former judge of Punjab and Haryana High Court. He was shot dead.
Birender Lakra has been named deputy to Rupinder for the event, where a second-string team represent India.
Following a cake cutting ceremony, men's hockey skipper Manpreet Singh showered praise on India's first individual gold medal winner in Olympics' track and field history.
The current Indian team has seven out of 18 players from the junior World Cup squad, which under Harendra clinched the world title two years ago in Lucknow.
Playing Malaysia for a spot in the final, they went down 7-6 in a shoot-out after scores were 2-2 at the end of regulation time.