Former badminton player died due to novel coronavirus
New Delhi: Ace-para badminton player Ramesh Tikaram died of coronavirus in a hospital in Bengaluru on Thursday, Para-Badminton India president N C Sudhir said.
Very sad to hear the news of the tragic demise of former Para-Badminton player Ramesh Tikaram. I extend my heartfelt condolences and prayers.
स्वर्गीय श्री रमेश टीकाराम जी को साल 2002 में अर्जुन अवॉर्ड दिया गया था। देश का नाम रोशन करने वाले टीकाराम जी कोरोना से जंग हार गए। pic.twitter.com/is9uibBRSN
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“We are sorry to inform you that Ramesh Tikaram passed away this afternoon…” Sudhir said in a statement.
Tikaram was 51 and is survived by wife and two children.
The country’s first para-badminton player to be honored with an Arjuna award, Tikaram was admitted to a private hospital on June 29 after complaining of fever and cough.
One of the sportsman’s friends K Y Venkatesh said Tikaram was instrumental in bringing the international para-badminton tournament to the country in 2001.