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National level swimmer Saira Sirohi commits suicide

Saira won 110 national medals across various age categories.

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News 25 Jan 2016, 19:24 IST
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Saira won more than 110 national level medals

Multiple National level swimming medallist  Saira Sirohi has committed suicide at her Ghaziabad home today. The 16-year old was being touted as a potential Olympic candidate, after notching up more than 110 medals across various national age categories.

She had stunned junior swimming fraternity last year by swimming 38 kilometres for 15 non-stop hours at her school. Saira was found hanging at her home in the afternoon, after coming back from school.

Her father Jaideep Sirohi is a part of the police department, and the cause for the suicide is unknown. There was no note found near her body, hence it is unknown why Saira took such a drastic step.

A source close to the Swimming Federation of India (SFI) said, “It is a very unfortunate incident that has happened. Saira had the potential to represent India, and was one of the most hard-working young swimmers in the country. We are still unable to believe it. She definitely had a chance to participate in the Olympics. In fact, she even told us that she wanted to participate in the 2020 Olympics.”

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