Olympian Gurbux Singh named in two-member committee to probe 18-year-old shuttler's death
Niharendu Mallick, 18, collapsed while practising at the SAI badminton courts and was declared dead on arrival attributing the death to 'cardiac arrest and brain hemorrhage'
Kolkata: A two-member committee comprising Olympian Gurbux Singh and lawyer Ushanath Banerjee has been formed to probe the death of 18-year-old shuttler Niharendu Mallick at the Sports Authority of India(SAI) badminton courts.
They will conduct an independent inquiry and submit the report within 15 days, SAI Eastern Centre regional head Manmeet Singh Goindi, told PTI.
Bidhannagar police, meanwhile, has summoned SAI badminton coach Mahi Mohan Samantra, deputy director PC Ghosh and Ajit Shaw, revenue generation in-charge cell for an inquiry, even though the victim's father has not filed any complaint.
Mallick collapsed while practising at the SAI badminton courts on 23 September and was declared dead on arrival by a Salt Lake private hospital, attributing the death to "cardiac arrest and brain hemorrhage".
According to the post-mortem report, the cause of Niharendu's death was "unknown"
"So, where does the issue of death due to cardiac arrest and brain hemorrhage come from? We want to make an independent inquiry," Goindi said.
Sindhu had earlier pulled out of the Thomas and Uber Cup Final but later decided to participate in it, although the event itself eventually got deferred due to the rising number of pullouts.
The three Asian rounds, which were earlier scheduled to be held in November, will now be played between January 12-31 in Bangkok, Thailand, which means the 2020 season will end in 2021.
Cancelling the 3-11 October event would be a major blow to badminton's restart, as it was the biggest event left on the calendar this year after the Olympics were postponed.