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Indian boxing’s first Dronacharya awardee coach OP Bhardwaj passes away aged 82-Sports activities Information , Pleased Easterday

Below Bhardwaj’s tutelage, Indian pugilists gained medals on the Asian Video games, the Commonwealth Video games and the South Asian Video games.

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New Delhi: India’s first Dronacharya awardee coach in boxing, OP Bhardwaj, died on Friday after battling extended sickness and age-related points.

He was 82 and had tragically misplaced his spouse Santosh to ill-health about 10 days in the past.

Bhardwaj was bestowed with the very best nationwide honour in teaching collectively with Bhalchandra Bhaskar Bhagwat (wrestling) and OM Nambiar (athletics), when it was launched in 1985.

“He had been unwell for a lot of days with plenty of well being points and was hospitalised. Age was an element and there was additionally the shock of dropping his spouse about 10 days again,” TL Gupta, a detailed household good friend and a former boxing coach, instructed PTI.

Bhardwaj was India’s nationwide boxing coach from 1968 to 1989 and in addition served as a nationwide selector.

Below his tutelage, Indian pugilists gained medals on the Asian Video games, the Commonwealth Video games and the South Asian Video games.

A pioneer in Indian boxing, he was the primary chief teacher for the game on the Nationwide Institute of Sports activities India in Patiala.

“He began his profession within the Military Faculty of Bodily Coaching in Pune and have become an completed coach for Companies. In 1975, when NIS got here up with the proposal for teaching diplomas, in boxing, Mr Bhardwaj was picked to begin the course,” Gupta mentioned.

“I’m proud to say I used to be amongst his first college students. He was an inspiration,” he added.

In 2008, Bhardwaj had even taught some boxing strategies to Congress MP Rahul Gandhi for a few months.

Former nationwide coach Gurbax Singh Sandhu, who was amongst his first set of scholars at NIS, mentioned the person from Chennai was a hands-on teacher.

“I shared an impressive friendship with Bhardwaj ji. I used to be his scholar in addition to co-worker after being inducted into the NIS. I noticed him lay the muse for Indian boxing to flourish,” Sandhu, beneath whose steering India gained its maiden Olympic medal in boxing, mentioned.

“He was all the time, all the time there with the boys. He would by no means stand and instruct. He would run with the boys throughout coaching, even long-distance runs. It’s one thing I learnt from him, to be utterly concerned. A really unhappy day,” he added.

Gulati mentioned Bhardwaj was pushed by a want to make issues higher for the game.

“He was a dynamic man. I bear in mind, in these days, when there have been no computer systems and hardly anybody knew find out how to kind, he purchased a typewriter from a visit to Russia,” Gupta mentioned.

“He would write letter after letter to authorities demanding higher facilities for boxers at NIS utilizing that typewriter. He typed with only one finger as a result of he had no formal coaching in typing,” remembered Gupta, who retired as chief teacher from the NIS just a few years in the past.

Former nationwide federation secretary common Brigadier (Retd) PKM Raja, throughout whose tenure he was a nationwide selector, mentioned Bhardwaj was extremely revered for his contribution to the game.

“He was a Companies Sports activities Management Board legend. A really outstanding coach and in addition a really spectacular persona. It’s unlucky that within the final couple of years his a number of well being points restricted him enormously,” he mentioned.

Gupta mentioned that Bhardwaj had a fierce persona which regularly got here to fore at any perceived ill-treatment of boxers.

“I bear in mind, after the 1980 Asian boxing championship within the then Bombay, the crew was coming again with two gold, 5 silver, and three bronze medals. Their lodging on return to Patiala was less than it,” he mentioned.

“Mr Bhardwaj took it upon himself to battle for it with the authorities and ensured that boxers bought higher lodging. He gave path to the game at the moment,” he added.

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Updated: May 21, 2021 — 7:35 am

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