A Kabaddi player, Khushbhu Pradhan, 16, died in a suspicious condition on Friday night after she had gone to participate in an open Kabaddi tournament organised at Aamgaon, Maharashtra, according to reports received here.
Prakash Rao, Kabbadi international coach, when contacted said, the girl Kusbhu Pradhan was part of the team from Durg, which went to Balaghat to proceed for Aamgaon to participate in the Open Kabaddi Tournament. She is a school dropout who had concentrated in playing matches and studying privately after class 9.
Rao said, men and women teams are participating in the event, but as there were lesser women team, the women team left from Durg a day after. They reached Balaghat and had food at 9.00 pm. The players had watched television till 11.00 pm. At around 1.30-2.00 am on Friday, Kusbhu complained of chest pain and started vomiting.
The co-team members assisted in relieving the pain by applying balm, provided in their medical kit. But as the pain persisted, the organisers rushed her to hospital but doctors declared her brought dead and suspected cardiac arrest.
The parents of girls were rushed to hospital and post-mortem was conducted, said Rao. Her body was brought to Durg and cremated, he added.
Rao said as she was technically sound player, she had been participating in state-level events on regular basis and recently had gone to Odisha also. As per invitation of open event organisers, the team was sent to Maharashtra.
Rao said it is for the first time such an incident has happened and said parents’ consent is taken before any girl is sent to participate in any event outside the state.