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Delhi schoolgirl drowns in Australia

Statesman News Service | New Delhi |

A 15-year old girl footballer from Delhi drowned at the Glenelg Beach in Adelaide, Australia, on Sunday, sending shockwaves in the Capital’s sporting circles.

The girl, identified as Nitisha Negi, was a member of the team which has gone  to take part in the unrecognised Pacific School Games in Australia. These Games were not recognised by the International School Sports Federation, the parent international body.

Nitisha was one of five footballers who were swept away by a wave on Sunday when they moved  into the seawaters after the completion of the Games. While four girls were rescued by local surf lifesavers, Nitisha was found dead after resumption of search operations on Monday morning. Her body was recovered near a rocky breakwater.

The School Games Federation of India (SGFI) headed by Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar, had sent a 120-strong contingent for this unrecognised meet as part of U-18 teams  in six disciplines, including hockey, football and softball.

SGFI secretary general Rajesh Mishra  said: “It is a very unfortunate incident and I send my heartfelt condolences to her family.”

According to Mishra all the five girls who ventured into the seawaters were from Delhi.“Out of the four who were taken to the hospital, three have been discharged while the fourth girl was kept in the ICU but is now out of danger and will be discharged tomorrow,” he said.