On the Delhi-Chandigarh highway, this morning, five powerlifting players from Delhi were killed and one injured after a Swift Dzire compact sedan hit a road divider and bumped into a pole. Among the five killed, Saksham Yadav was a world champion who won the title in Moscow last year.
The six athletes were on their way from Delhi to Panipat when they met with the accident at 4 am near Alipur village.
The impact was so high that the car rolled many times and its roof was completely torn off.
A senior police officer said the car was in great speed and there might be a possibility of drunk driving. It is being said that high speed, alcohol and fog have all added up and are responsible for the car crash.
Powerlifting world champion and another player Rohit were admitted to Max Hospital in Shalimar Bagh. Mr. Yadav was later shifted to AIIMS where he took his last breath.
The others who died in the accident were Tikamchand, Saurabh, Yogesh, and Harish Roy, a 20-year-old student.
Except Mr. Yadav, who was a resident of Nagloi in north Delhi, all the other athletes were residents of Timarpur in north Delhi.
Mr. Saksham’s coach, Sunil Lochab, said that in 2016, he had won a gold medal in the junior category and also in senior category in 2017 in the world championships.
The sister of Tikamchand informed the media that her brother had called last night to inform that he was coming home. Early morning, family got to know about the accident and that he was no more.
Powerlifting is much different from weightlifting. The difference lies in the basis of how the weights are lifted. While on one hand weightlifting involves overhead movements, on the other hand in case of powerlifting, the weight is not directed vertically overhead.