Indian boxing’s first Dronacharya awardee coach OP Bhardwaj dies

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On Friday, The First Indian to be awarded by the Dronacharya award coach in boxing, OP Bhardwaj, died after been suffered from a prolonged illness and age-related issues. He was 82 years old and had lost his wife Santosh just ten days before, due to which he was in trauma. One of a close family friend and former boxing coach, TL Gupta, said, “He had been unwell for many days with a lot of health issues and was hospitalized. Age was a factor, and there was also the shock of losing his wife about ten days back.” OP Bhardwaj has been the national coach of boxing between 1968 and 1989. He had also won medals in the Asian Games, Commonwealth Games and South Asian Games. He was a pioneer player in boxing. He was also the first chief instructor at the National Institute of Sports India in Patiala. Gupta also said, “He started his Army School of Physical Training in Pune and became an accomplished coach services. In 1975, when he came up with the proposal for coaching diplomas in boxing, Mr Bhardwaj was picked to start the course. I am proud to say I was among his first students. He was an inspiration.” Source:- The Hindustan Times.

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