International diver ends life

Sushma Gowda (Correspondent)

International diver and ekalavya awardee Shilpa Balaraju,GB,40,ends life by commiting suicide at her house in Jayanagar 5th block on Friday night.

The incident came to light when her husband,a choreographer,returned late in the night.The couple did not have any children.

Shilpa left behind a suicide note which is being probed by the police.

A Ekalavya awardee and Asian Medalist in Diving and NIS qualified Coach had more than 10 years experience was working as coach at an international school in the city.But was terminated last year due to covid since then she was jobless.

She approached the school authorities to reconsider to take her to job but its rejected.She wrote a death note that she was not having any Job from last year and had financial crisis.

Shilpa had lost her parents,both sports persons, few months ago and was depressed.

She had even approached the Karnataka swimming Association seeking help.The committee had decided to induct her since she had sought status,Gopal B Hosur,President of the association,said reporters.

Intial probe by the police revealed that she is under depression.However sports persons who are trained to handle tough situation of accept defeat and victory graciously, taking such steps are not acceptable,Mr.Hosur,said.

The police are awaiting PM report to rule out any foul play and probing further to ascertain the reason behind the extreme step.

Those in distress or those having suicidal tendencies can call Arogya Sahayavani Ph: 104 for help.)