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Sanatan Board Saddened By Loss

“He was playing, came out to drink water and started to get sick,” Singh said.
21 Apr 2019 10:00
Sanatan Board Saddened By Loss
Krishneel Kumar and his mother Sagita Devi Goundar on April 20, 2019, holding a family photo and a picture of the late Manoj Kumar. Photo: Mereleki Nai

A player collapsed during the 60th Shree Sanatan Inter-District Championship yesterday and died a few hours later at the Sigatoka Hospital.

Manoj Kumar, 52, was member of the Korovuto veterans soccer team which defeated host Tuva at 1am under floodlights at the Tuva Primary School ground in Nadroga Sanatan Sports Wing president Pravin Singh confirmed the incident.

“He was playing, came out to drink water and started to get sick,” Singh said.

“He was taken to the hospital and later died. It is unfortunate and the Sanatan board is saddened by the loss.”

Kumar’s wife, Sagita Devi Goundar was in a state of shock.

Devi said her husband had complaining of chest pain, but insisted to go and play for his team.

“I massaged him and told him not to go but he insisted to go and play,” Devi said.

“It was after the game that he collapsed. It really broke my heart. I will miss my husband,” she added.

Fiji Football Association chief executive officer Mohammed Yusuf was not aware of the incident.

“It is a religious tournament, but it was a Fiji FA organised event because we assigned our referees,” Yusuf said.

“We sympathise with the Sana- tan body, but will ask them to for- ward the report because it was a veterans competition.

“It is up to organisers because it is social football. We don’t have control of the fees, registration, when and the time the games are played.”

Kumar is survived by his wife and three children.

Edited by Percy Kean

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