Indian athlete Santhi Soundaram
Wednesday, September 05, 2007 (23:37:22)
Police in Thanjavur said Santhi was driven by "lack of recognition" and controversies surrounding her gender after returning the women's 800m silver at Doha, which also resulted in "unemployment and lack of support from the government". Family sources said that Santhi had consumed pesticide this morning when she was undergoing physical training at Pudukottai.
She developed giddiness and vomitted after which her friends took her to hospital, they said. Santhi was in a state of frustration in the last few days, her friends and relatives said, adding she was not attending training sessions regularly. She had returned to her native place in Kathakurichi only on Tuesday from Chennai where she is studying, they said.
Santhi, who hails from Kathakurichi village in Pudukottai district in Tamil Nadu, had also won the 1,500m gold and the 800m silver in South Asian Games in Colombo in August last year. The Tamil Nadu Chief Minister had awarded Santhi a cash prize for her Doha Games effort in January 2007. (PTI)
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