news Wednesday, June 10, 2015 - 05:30
   A teenaged SAI athlete tried to commit suicide early on Wednesday by slashing his wrist. He was taken to hospital from where he slipped away, police said.   According to the police, the 18-year old athlete was brought to the casualty ward of the state-run Thiruvananthapuram Medical College hospital around 6.15 a.m.  He was a trainee athelete at the Lakshmibai National College of Physical Education, a wing of SAI.   The doctors, after putting three stitches, referred the athlete to the psychiatry wing. But the police is looking for the athlete, who according to them, has slipped away.   The athlete is reported to be out of danger.    The athlete went away without waiting for further medical advice from the psychiatry department.   Sources said the immediate provocation for the young athlete, who is training to be a short distance runner, could be a theft that was reported in their hostel and a few inmates were questioned by authorities.   According to N Muraleedharan, ASI Kazhakoottam police station, the teenager had no intention of committing suicide and no case had been booked against him. “There were some issues related to money collection. He became scared and injured his arms with a broken glass. There was no intention of committing suicide” he said. He added that the boy’s parents had said that he suffered from a mental ailment.   Lately, Sports Authority of India (SAI) was in the news in the state after four women athletes consumed a poisonous fruit last month at the SAI Water Sports centre in Alappuzha. While one athlete died the next day, the lives of the three others were saved.
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