Student injured by hammer during athletic meet dies
Kottayam: A student who was grievously injured after being accidently hit by a hammer thrown by an athlete during the State Junior Athletic Championship at Pala here succumbed on Monday.
The deceased was identified as Apheel Johnson (17) a Plus One student of St Thomas Higher Secondary School in Pala. He has been undergoing treatment for the last 16 days.
Apheel was a volunteer at the event being held at Pala synthetic stadium. He was struck on the head by a hammer, a heavy iron ball weighing about 3 kg, thrown by an athlete on October 4 around 12 noon. Apheel was rushed to the Kottayam Medical College Hospital where he underwent an emergency surgery. However, his condition remained critical.
Hammer throw event was conducted near the javelin court. After a contestant threw the javelin, Apheel went to pick it up crossing the hammer court. At the same time, a contestant had thrown the iron ball and it hit the boy on the head.
Apheel’s body will be handed over to relatives after autopsy.
A three-member committee has been formed by the Kerala government to probe the incident. Former physical education director of Kerala University K. K. Venu, former athletics coach of Sports Authority of India M. B. Sathyanandan and Arjuna awardee V. Diju are the members of the panel.
The championship was postponed after the accident. Police had registered a case against State Athletic Association officials for irresponsibly conducting the event.