Sai Aletaha, a product design engineer, died after her kickboxing match. Source: Facebook
Sai Aletaha, 26, a product design engineer died after Saturday’s bout in the UK left her with a horrific brain injury.
An amateur women’s kickboxer has died from injuries she sustained in a match on Saturday night in Southampton, UK.
Saeideh “Sai” Aletaha, 26, a product design engineer who also trained in karate, was beaten in a K-1 contest and left with a critical brain injury.
A statement was posted to organiser Fast & Furious Fight Series’ Facebook page.
“Following the show Saturday we regret to announce that following one of our matches, one of the competitors, Sai Aletaha from Lookborai who lost, unfortunately suffered an injury leaving her in a critical state that she tragically has not recovered from,” the statement said.
Sai, a product design engineer, also trained in karate. Source: Facebook
“All competitors get in prepared that they may be injured and this is something not expected to happen 99.9% of the time.
“But, it can and in this we make the environment as safe as possible with pre and post medicals from a Doctor, and full medical cover through out with Doctor, Paramedic and Ambulance on site alongside our experienced team of staff with numerous first aiders, safety is not something ever skimped on in any of our 19 shows and all matches are made equal.
“Thoughts of course go out to all family, friends and team mates, if anyone needs any support please come to us or your coaches.
“Thank you to our team on the night who acted with utmost professionalism and carried their duties out above and beyond to react to the situation, and again we are here for any of you that needs it in this sad time.”
Exile Gym, where Saeideh trained, also posted a tribute to her on Facebook.
Sai was competing in the 19th Fast & Furious Fight Series. Source: Facebook
“Saeideh Aletaha was a lovely character with a beautiful soul. Her dedication to the sport was 110% travelling miles every day just to train,” the statement said.
“She found her place with us just a few months ago but has become apart of the family and will be sorely missed.
“This news comes as a devastating blow to us all at the gym and the whole community.”
Police have launched an investigation into Saeideh’s death.