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Kerala girl athletes from SAI recovering well: Doctor

Four athletes had attempted suicide after being reprimanded by SAI authorities. One tragically passed away in hospital.


Protests broke out at the SAI HQ following the suicide attempts by SAI athletes alleging harrassment

Alappuzha (Kerala) May 11 (IANS) The condition of the three Sports Authority of India (SAI) athletes who attempted suicide last week is improving and they are recovering well, said a doctor at the Medical College Hospital here.

Four young female athletes, residents at the SAI Water Sports Centre in Vembanad, had on May 6 eaten some poisonous fruit on being reprimanded by the centre authorities for consuming beer. One of them, Aparna, passed away on Thursday.

The doctor said the condition of the other three girls was now stable.

"All of them had normal food today but are still kept in the medical intensive care unit. There have been incidents of similar cases where the condition gets bad after showing initial promise. Hence we do not wish to take any chance at all," the doctor said.

The three girls will be put through a series of counselling sessions and once they successfully complete it, they will be discharged, he added.

Meanwhile, 55 resident athletes at the SAI Water Sports Centre, where this incident occurred, are being counselled, SAI official G. Kishore told IANS.

"Three medical professionals on Monday reached the centre and are engaged in a one to one session with each of the inmates," Kishore said.

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