Abhinav Bindra offers help as suicide cases rise among young shooters
- On Thursday, shooter Konica Layak hanged herself to death at her residence in Bengal's Howrah district
- This was the fourth case of death by suicide in recent months in the shooting fraternity
- Recently young pistol shooter Khushpreet Kaur Sandhu committed suicide after registering low scores at the Nationals.
Abhinav Bindra, an Olympic gold medal-winning shooter, has offered to help shooters after several cases of suicides were reported among promising athletes. On Thursday, 26-year-old shooter Konica Layak hanged herself to death at her residence in Bengal's Howrah district with a suicide note. Layak suffered a setback in October when she was disqualified for the national championship at the G V Mavalankar pre-national event on charges of tampering targets. This was the fourth case of death by suicide in recent months in the shooting fraternity, reported PTI.
Recently, young pistol shooter Khushpreet Kaur Sandhu, who made her India debut at the last World Championship in Lima, committed suicide after registering low scores at the Nationals. Before that, two more shooters, namely Hunardeep Singh Sohal and Namanveer Singh Brar, also took the extreme step.
"I am writing to bring your kind attention to recent incidents of athlete suicides in the country. The news has startled me on a very personal note and I feel that to prevent any further loss of lives, we must act quickly and responsibly," Bindra wrote to NRAI president Raninder Singh.
"Athletes are also human; are prone to anxiety, depression, and need to be given a safe and conducive atmosphere to pursue excellence. Our intention is to help athletes, coaches," Bindra wrote in his letter.
"Through this letter, I wish to offer the time & energy of my team to help the athletes, coaches, administrators, parents, and others in the sporting ecosystem in need.
"I hope you will accept my proposal and allow us to conduct a few virtual sessions...focusing on the awareness and mental wellness of stakeholders at all levels in the ecosystem," he concluded.
Though shooting has been a prominent Olympic sport in the country, Indian shooters failed to make a mark at the Olympics in Tokyo earlier this year with op shooters returning home empty-handed.