Jamshedpur: Four officials and a player of
the Jharkhand Boxing Association were injured in a road
accident while returning from the opening ceremony of the 34th
National Games in Ranchi.
The injured included JBA Chief coach Ernest Lakra, who is
the father of international boxer A L Lakra, Coach G S Murty
boxer Vikas Mallick and one another person.
While Lakra received injuries in the chest, Murty
sustained was hurt on the chin, JBA sources said, adding that
Mallick fell unconscious after receiving a head injury.
Mallick was admitted in the Tata Main Hospital for
observation today. The rest were discharged after first aid.
The incident occurred when the boxing team and players
were returning home in a mini-bus after taking part in the
opening ceremony last night.
The driver of the mini-bus lost control over and hit
another vehicle at the Tamaria Ghati on Ranchi-Jamshedpur
National Highway last mid-night.
The injured were given medical aid after they reached
When contacted, Dr. Dinesh Upadhyay, Secretary of JBA,
said Jharkhand will win at least six gold medals (three each
in men`s and women`s category) in the boxing championship at
the JRD Tata sports complex, Jamshedpur, which is one of the
venues of the Games.
The boxing competition will take place from February 18
to 24 with 219 pugilists representing 32 teams each in the
men`s and women`s group vying for the top honour during a