Fathima Nidha, a 10-year-old cycle polo player from Kerala’s Alappuzha, expired in Nagpur, Maharashtra, on Thursday. Nagpur hosted the National Cycle Polo Championship’s sub-junior category. From across India, sub-junior category participants were a part of the competition. Fathima was discriminated against by the competition’s organising committee after her relatives complained and stated that she was feeling uneasy and puking and was then taken to the hospital for a check-up. She was treated by the doctors of the hospital by injection, and later, in a couple of minutes, she was dead. Her father has arrived in Nagpur, where a post-mortem will be performed today for medical professionals to detect the actual defects in her body. After the orders of the court to compete in the championship of the cycle polo sporting game were about to be declared for the two selected teams, Fathima was among them.
Several participants stated that, the cycle polo federation and the other organizations promised to provide food and accommodation wherein they were not able to fulfil their commitment of providing the same. K. Sudhakaran, the Kerala state Congress leader, claimed that Fathima and others had faced discrimination and negligence from the federation because they had travelled to Nagpur to attend the event in accordance with the court’s order. It is said that the Kerala Cycle Polo Association arranged the required facilities for the participants of the competition with the help of the Keralites in Nagpur.
The Congress leader has also asked the state government and the sports department to understand the position of the players and the distressing facts that were faced by innocent children attending sports events from different states of the country. The government must take the necessary action for the acts that were committed.