A national-level woman boxer from Hyderabad was found dead in her room at the Centre of Excellence, a sports hostel run by the Sports Authority of Andhra Pradesh, here at Lal Bahadur Stadium on Wednesday.
Eighteen-year-old Amaravati was lying on the bed when coach Omkar Yadav came there around 7 a.m. to find out why she did not turn up for the practice session. She was clad in a pair of shorts and a t-shirt. The coach called in 108 ambulance service to rush her to the hospital. But the doctor of the service declared her dead.
“The discoloration of her body and the pungent smell emanating from the room suggested that she consumed some poison. But we have to thoroughly examine the room and question the hostel-mates to ascertain facts,” Saifabad Inspector, M. Sudarshan, said. A lot of vomit was found in the room. Amaravati was alone in the room for past few days as her roommate had gone home.
Family blames coach
The victim’s shocked family members alleged that “undue pressure mounted on her by the coach to perform better claimed her life”.
“She used to tell us that Omkar Yadav was frequently scolding her to achieve results. He used to ask her to quit the hostel saying she was just enjoying free amenities in the hostel,” they said.