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National level athlete commits suicide and leaves a note in blood for PM Modi
The Rio Olympics are finally over. India sent its biggest contingent to the Olympics ever of 117 players who participated in 25 events. But, at the end of the Games, we managed to bring back only two Olympic medals, a sliver and a bronze.

Many people have expressed concerns over why our country with a population of over 1.2 billion people cannot manage to win medals at the Olympics, while even poor African nations manage to do so. The problem lies deep-rooted partly in our society and culture and to some extent in the administrative setup of our country. In spite of increased spending on games, we are missing the plot somewhere.


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It is shocking to note that the Indian government had spent lavishly on flying Indian Olympic Association (IOA) officials in executive class to Rio, while our Indian athletes had travelled in economy class.

Recently, a shocking incident has surfaced in the state of Punjab which explains to some extent where we are going wrong. On Saturday, Pooja Kumari (20), a national-level handball player committed suicide by hanging herself due to financial constraints.

20-year old Pooja Kumari had been a handball player for six years and had won several medals in national-level competitions. She had also represented Punjab at the 2011-12 national games. The player left behind a suicide note for Prime Minister Narendra Modi, written in her blood.

Pooja, a second year student of General Shivdev Singh Diwan Gurbachan Singh Khalsa College in Patiala town of Punjab, was denied free hostel and food facility guaranteed in the sports quota by the administration.

Her suicide note, which seems to have been written in sheer desperation reads: "Mere parivar ki madad karo PM Modi ji" (Please help my family, PM Modi).

Pooja's father, Prabhu Chauhan, a street vendor had relocated to Punjab from Uttar Pradesh many years ago. He did not earn enough to bear the additional cost of Rs 3,720 for commuting, in absence of free hostel and food facility. Chauhan has admitted that Pooja was under depression for the last few days.

Her suicide note further reads, "I have to think a hundred times before spending five rupees but denial of hostel means I spend Rs 3,720 monthly to reach the college campus... which my family can't bear."

However, the college has refuted Pooja's claim by saying that she had been granted admission on August 18 and had not approached them for a free hostel room.

Pooja in her suicide note has particularly accused the head of the physical education department, Gursharan Singh Gill of harassing handball, kabaddi and hockey players who had failed to win medals on previous occasions.

A case of abetment of suicide has been filed by the police against Gill, although he has been lent support from the college.

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