The Hush Post|05: 11pm|1-min-read
Father of 18-year-old sprinter Palender Chaudhary, who died after attempting suicide, has said that he needed money.
“I assured him that I will give him the money. Don’t know what happened later,” the sprinter’s father Mahesh Pal told news agency ANI.
“Preliminary it seems a family matter related to monetary issues,” Director General SAI Neelam Kapur told PTI. “What we came to know is that the boy had an argument with his father on phone after which his sister came to meet him,” the SAI official said.
“He took the step in front of his sister after threatening her. She came out screaming,” she added.
However, Palender’s cousin Poonam said the Authority’s claims of a fight with the father or sister are baseless.
Fellow sportspersons shocked
His fellow trainees and staff at the stadium were shocked. They said that he showed no signs of depression while training through the day. He finished his training by 5:30 pm and attempted suicide an hour later, a Sports Authority of India official said.
According to a news report, Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, who is in Rajasthan, has been informed.
The athlete died in Delhi’s Safdarjung hospital today morning. He allegedly attempted suicide in the athletics academy at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Delhi on Tuesday.
Palender was found hanging from a ceiling fan inside his hostel room. His coach and academy staff rushed him to the hospital. The doctors declared him dead on Wednesday morning. A suicide note has not been found.
Palender was living in the Jawahar Lal Nehru Stadium’s hostel since November 2016. He was training for 100 and 200 metre races. He was selected for the Asian Youth Championship in Bangkok in 2017 and won a gold medal in relay. He also participated at the World Youth Championship last July.
The Sports Authority of India has ordered an internal inquiry.