Another Athlete Collapses and Dies

A teenage long distance runner collapsed and died during athletics competitions held at Makhubu Secondary School, Selibe-Phikwe on Friday last week.
Trevor Madala, 15, who was a Form 2 student at Phatsimo Secondary, collapsed after finishing a 12-round race in the first position.  Although he was rushed to Selibe-Phikwe hospital, the budding marathon champion was certified dead on arrival. It is not yet clear what caused the death, but parents and the school management are all convinced that the extreme heat could have played a role.
Innocent Madala, the boy’s uncle said he heard about the tragic death while in Gaborone where he currently based.
“All I know is that my nephew died on the field after completing a 12-round race at first position. Witnesses revealed that my boy collapsed and never gained consciousness,” a grieving, Madala said explaining that the family were still waiting for a postmortem to determine the death of his nephew.
Phatsimo school head, Richard Bashe, confirmed the death and said Trevor’s sudden death came as a shock to the entire school. He revealed that Trevor was a dedicated sportsman who had been representing the school since he joined them as a Form 1 student last year.
“The boy’s sudden death is a painful thing to have befallen the school. He was a hero and we feel robbed of talented young friend and a budding athlete,” Bashe said.
He will be buried at Selibe-Phikwe on Saturday (tomorrow).

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