New Delhi: Four powerlifting players from Delhi were killed when the car they were in hit a road divider and crashed into a pole on the Delhi-Chandigarh highway today morning. Two other players who were in the car, including a world champion who bagged the title for India in Moscow last year, were injured.
The six athletes were going from Delhi to Panipat in a Swift Dezire compact sedan, carrying their powerlifting kits, when they met with the accident at 4 am near Alipur village, close to the Singhu border between Delhi and Haryana.
The force of the impact was so high that the car rolled over several times and its roof got completely blown off, before the car hit the pole, police said.
A senior police officer said the speed of the car was very high, adding there were some bottles around and the possibility of drink driving cannot be ruled out.
Powerlifting world champion Saksham Yadav and another player identified as Bali have been admitted to Max Hospital in north-west Delhi’s Shalimar Bagh.
Police said the players who died in the accident have been identified by their first names as Harish, Tinku and Suraj, while the fourth person’s identity is not known yet.
Mr Yadav, a resident of Nagloi in north Delhi, won gold for India in powerlifting world championship held in Moscow last year. All the other athletes including Bali were residents of Timarpur in north Delhi.