Recently, the news of five Indian powerlifters’ death made headlines. World Champion Saksham Yadav was also in the car when their Swift Dzire car that rolled over several times after the driver lost control over it and got banged in the electricity pole.
Another road accident on Wednesday evening killed one of India’s best-known wrestlers and coach, Sukhchain Singh Cheema. Sukhchain was an awardee of Dronacharya award for his contribution in the world of wrestling, he won a bronze medal at the 1974 Tehran Asiad.
The 68-years-old lost his battle to death when his Etios car got hit by an Alto car on Patiala Bypass at around 7 pm yesterday. The collision was so strong that the wrestler’s car overturned and caused him severe head injuries.
People traveling by the Alto car suffered some minor injuries, Sukhchain, on the other hand, couldn’t survive his final battle against life. The Indian wrestler was on his way to his Bhandari village farmhouse when his car met with accident and subsequently overturned and fell into an adjacent drain.
Alto car owners tried to pull him out of the car but were unable to open the stuck doors. The doctors reported that the 68-years-old was unrecognizable when he was first admitted to the hospital as his forehead and face was covered with blood.
Sukhchain’s son who is a Commonwealth Gold medalist in freestyle wrestling, Palwinder Cheema reached the hospital at around 9.30 pm and confirmed that he was Sukhchain.
Sukhchain’s family doesn’t want to take any legal action against Alto driver as he was the one who brought him to the hospital. Palwinder said he had not only lost his father but also his “guru” who had trained him. “The void will never be filled,” he said.
Sports minister Rajyavardhan Rathore expressed his deepest condolences.