Tuesday, June 29, 2010

1970 Asian Games champion wrestler Chandgi Ram passes away

NEW DELHI: Renowned Indian wrestler Chandgi Ram, who won a gold in the 1970 Asian Games, passed away this morning following a cardiac arrest.

The 72-year-old Ram, who is popularly known as 'Master' Chandgi Ram, was was born on November 9, 1937 at 'Sisai' village in Hisar district of Haryana.

Ram, a recipient of the prestigious Arjuna and Padma Shri awards, served as Additional Director of Sports in Haryana and were conferred with the titles of 'Hind Kesari', 'Bharat Kesari', 'Bharat Bhim', 'Rustom-e-Hind' and 'Maha Bharat Kesari'.

The most impressive feat of Ram's international career was the gold in 100 kg category in the 1970 Asian Games in Bangkok, where he defeated world champion Amvani Abuifazi of Iran en route the title.

Two years later, Ram also represented India in the 1972 Olympics at Munich. 

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