The suicide of a young badminton player in Andhra Pradesh’s Yanam has sent shockwaves through the local community. Identified as Adilakshmi, the girl ended her life over anxieties about the future, in the wake of illness in the family and her father’s unemployment.
As per reports, she sent a WhatsApp text to her elder sister after midnight before taking the fatal step this past Monday. “I do not want to go, akka,” the message read, according to ABP News. She wrote further about her mother and grandmother’s sicknesses and that her sister needed to take care of the family.
Police investigating the case said Adilakshmi’s father registered the complaint. He was reportedly employed as a fish vendor but lost his job.
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Badminton Player Suicide: Need To Address Mental Health Issues In Sports
Adilakshmi had participated in junior tournaments in recent years and had big ambitions of becoming a sports star. However, reports suggest she was overcome by anxiety after coming to know of her family’s financial situation. She was gearing up to prepare for some school games in January.
This is not the first tragedy of its kind this year. The sporting world lost multiple rising players to suicide in 2021, calling for greater attention to mental health issues.
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In December, shooting champs Khush Seerat Kaur Sandhu and Konica Layak both ended their lives allegedly over tensions surrounding their performances in the game. Sandhu, a 17-year-old from Punjab, was, as per her parents, not in her best form during the national championship held earlier this year. She died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound from her licensed pistol.
Layak was a 26-year-old from Jharkhand who killed herself during her period of training in Kolkata. She had won multiple regional and state championships and had got an opportunity to train at Olympian Joydeep Karmakar’s institute. Layak shot into the limelight early this year when she appealed to actor Sonu Sood, who gifted her an expensive German-built rifle so she could continue her shooting practice. Read about her here.
Upon her death, Karmakar, her coach, brought up the need for doing more to address sportspersons’ mental health.