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Sports Authority should be made answerable

It is very painful incident which happened in Kerala, my heart cries for those athletes who had taken this extreme step. The young girl who has died was a very promising sportsperson. It is a big loss to the country in general and for the sports fraternity in particular. Only cricket is considered to be a rich sport but after the movie Mary Kom, boxing has also caught some attention of people. Otherwise, regional sports and sportsman have tragic future and challenges to deal with it. There are many reasons for such incidences but the main reason being that the sports Authorities are dominated by male and politicians. They use these high profile positions to push their own pushcart much to the disadvantage of hard working and deserving sports men and women. The disqualification of Indian Olympic Association by the IOC is a case in point. Corrupt to the core and run by “political thugs” they are a reflection of what ails Indian society today.

These girls ate poisonous fruit in an apparent suicide pact following alleged harassment by seniors. They, particularly poor girls become defenseless to these vultures-seniors at whose mercy their careers hang. Lack of effective supervision and proper checks over the conduct of various institutions provide leeway to these intruders. What a farce, why can’t these so called seniors be little sensible towards sports personalities? Strict possible action must be taken against the sports officials who are responsible for this incidence. The sports minister himself should watch the outcome of probe and see that whatever measures needed in the matter are timely taken. When this is the state of affairs in this country, how can our country perform well in world sports and Olympics? Extremely poor people are joining these Sports institutions with a high hope of making it to international sports.

Cerbera Odollam, which grows across India and south-east Asia, is used by more people to commit suicide than any other plant, the toxicologists say. However, doctors, pathologists and coroners failed to detect how it is easily available for people. Unless the government takes deterrent disciplinary action against guilty these type of incidence will continue to occur. Government should make these institutions safer for women so more talents from the remote areas join it. In Kerala, many women are being murdered or commit suicide by being fed the fruit from the “suicide tree”. Suicide tree ‘fruit’ is ‘perfect’ murder weapon. The warning comes from forensic toxicologists in India and France, who have conducted a review of deaths caused by plant-derived poisons.

One of the athletes, a 15-year-old, died early and three others, all undergoing training at Water Sports Centre of SAI in Alapuzha, were hospitalised. The Sports Ministry swung into action by ordering an inquiry and directing SAI Director General Injeti Srinivas to rush to Kerala for an on the spot assessment. The young girl who has died was a very promising sportsperson. Three other girls are still undergoing treatment. India is praying for their speedy recovery, but now it’s high time such incidences need to be stopped and authorities should be made answerable. Our Indian sports authorities are harsh, they take powers to their advantage by suppressing sports personalities, unless such tragedy happens the government is never shaken or taken contingences of these incidences.

The girls were undergoing training at the Water Sports Centre of the SAI nearby Punnamada. Relatives of the athletes alleged that the girls were being physically and mentally tortured by some seniors. It is very sad to hear this from a highly literate state like Kerala. Girls should be brave enough to face problem and avoid becoming victims. Though, sports changes overall personality of person internally and externally, it is unfortunate. Today, many avenues are open to voice the opinion; they would have gone to media, approached social media or filed complaint with the police. Anyway, saying is very easy, when nothing works one tends to finish their life. So far, police and authorities version of the story is there and police always fabricate or build stories according to higher authority’s instructions. The truth will come out only when the survived girls speak directly to media. Sad, Indian women are never allowed to speak their mind in critical situations. God give them courage to overcome this situation and speak their mind fearlessly. Meanwhile…Let Aparna’s soul Rest in Peace.

Dr Vaidehi Taman
Dr Vaidehi an Accredited Journalist from Maharashtra is bestowed with Honourary Doctorate in Journalism, Investigative Journalist, Editor, Ethical Hacker, Philanthropist, and Author. She is Editor-in-Chief of Newsmakers Broadcasting and Communications Pvt. Ltd. for 11 years, which features an English daily tabloid – Afternoon Voice, a Marathi web portal – Mumbai Manoos, monthly magazines like Hackers5, Beyond The News (international) and Maritime Bridges. She is also an EC Council Certified Ethical Hacker, Certified Security Analyst and is also a Licensed Penetration Tester which caters to her freelance jobs.

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