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Asian Games bronze medalist wrestler dies in road accident

Press Trust of India  |  Patiala 

Famous and double bronze medalist in 1974 Tehran was killed in a road accident near Patiala bypass yesterday evening.

The 67-year old was returning home from his farm in Bhanri village yesterday evening when the accident occurred, police said. The accident took place near Shermajra chowk here.

A car coming from Rajpura side rammed into Cheema's vehicle, which turned turtle. He succumbed to his injuries in the local hospital.

Cheema, a Dronacharya awardee, is survived by his wife and two sons.

was the son of 'Rustum-e-Hind' Kesar Singh Sukhchain, who was running a Rustem-e-Hind Akhara in Patiala, had bagged double bronze medals during Tehran in 1974. He won medals in both freestyle and Greco-Roman style category.

Cheema's son who is a in police, was also 'Rustum-e-Hind'.

Meanwhile, the local government, cultural affairs & tourism minister, Navjot Singh Sidhu has expressed profound grief at the demise of Cheema.

Condoling the demise, the said that Cheema belonged to a family of illustrious sportsmen and his father Rustum-E-was an Olympian is a 2002 Commonwealth Games gold medallist in the 120 kg category.

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First Published: Thu, January 11 2018. 17:55 IST
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