Deceased female athlete’s mother rejects SAI job offer

Aparna was among four rowing and kayaking athletes, undergoing training at the SAI’s Water Sports Centre at Aleppey, who had attempted suicide.

By Tk Devasla

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Published: Sun 17 May 2015, 12:27 AM

Last updated: Thu 25 Jun 2015, 9:22 PM

Trivandrum — Mother of Kerala female rowing athlete, Aparna Ramabhadran, who committed suicide alleging harassment at a sports hostel in Aleppey, has rejected the job offered to her by the Sports Authority of India (SAI).

Aparna was among four rowing and kayaking athletes, undergoing training at the SAI’s Water Sports Centre at Aleppey, who had attempted suicide by consuming a poisonous fruit alleging harassment from their seniors. While Aparna died the next day, the other three are slowly returning back to life at the Aleppey Medical College Hospital.

Aparna’s mother Geetha said that she had rejected the temporary job offered by the SAI as she felt that it was part of an attempt to protect those who have driven the four athletes to the extreme step. She said that the SAI officials, who came to her house with the offer, had asked her not to speak against the country’s premier sports agency. They had also offered financial assistance to the family.

She alleged that her 15-year-old daughter had ended her life unable to bear harassment from her seniors. Aparna had brought this to the notice of the hostel authorities but they took no action, she said adding that her daughter would not have committed suicide if they had acceded to her request to shift her room.

SAI director general Injeti Srinivas, who conducted a preliminary inquiry into the incident, has denied all allegations regarding harassment at the hostel from either the senior hosteliers or the SAI officials.

The family members of the athletes have rejected the SAI chief’s clean chit and demanded a Central Bureau of Investigation probe.

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