Schoolgirl  dies running marathon


by Madura Ranwala

An 18-year-old schoolgirl collapsed and died, near the Chilaw town yesterday morning, while taking part in a school marathon. 

R. D. Kaushalya, a resident of Kanukatiya, Illippadeniya and student of Ananda National School, Chilaw had been participating in the race ahead of the annual inter-house sports meet, when she collapsed, Police spokesman SSP Prishantha Jayakody said.

He said that the Advanced Level Arts stream student had died before admission to the Chilaw District hospital.

According to the Chilaw police, who are conducting investigations, the girl had participated in the marathon after a medical check-up.

Hospital sources said that the child had been taken to the hospital in a trishaw, though they had provided the school with a doctor, nurse, minor staff and an ambulance. 

The doctor said that Kausalya’s death should be an eye opener for everyone who forces children to take part in events that they were not specially trained for.

The Chilaw District Hospital is scheduled to perform a post-mortem examination.

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