Thiruvananthapuram: Indian Olympic Association (IOA) President N Ramachandran yesterday expressed shock and anguish after young netball player Mayuresh Pawar's death cast a pall of gloom over the ongoing National Games here.
Indian Olympic Association president N Ramachandran
"The Indian Olympic Association president, N Ramachandran has expressed shock on the sudden death of Mayurish Pawar, a netball player from Maharashtra participating in the 35th National Games now in progress here," IOA said in a statement.
"A young soul has been robbed away from us. On behalf on the Indian Olympic family, I would like to express our heartfelt sympathies to all of you and pray that you will find courage to overcome this untimely demise of your dear one," Ramachandran added.
According to initial reports, the 21-year-old collapsed after suffering a cardiac arrest while returning from a training session. He was declared dead at a local hospital here. However, reports emerging later claimed that the young Maharashtra netball player had lost his life in a case of drowning at a nearby beach.
According to local police, Pawar of fell into the water while trying to take photos at the Shamkumugham beach here last morning.
This according to the police, was revealed in the post mortem report that pointed to the possibility of drowning as there was the presence was of water and sand in the youngster's internal organs.
The National Games Secretariat officials here said the player and his fellow team members, who were on their way back after a practice session, dropped by at the beach for sightseeing.