New Delhi: Indian Olympic Association
president Suresh Kamladi has condoled the death of 1970 Asian
Games wrestling champion `Master` Chandgi Ram, who passed away
here this morning following a cardiac arrest.
"The world of wrestling and, in fact, Indian sport will
be poorer by Master Chandgi Ram`s absence," Kalmadi said in
his condolence message.
"The remarkable thing about Master Chandgi Ram is that he
continued to contribute to wrestling way beyond his active
career. He encouraged women to take to the sport and set up an
akhara in Delhi so that girls could play the sport, driving
them to follow their dreams and carve a niche for themselves,"
Ram, a recipient of the prestigious Arjuna and Padma Shri
awards, served as Additional Director of Sports in Haryana and
was conferred with the titles of `Hind Kesari`, `Bharat
Kesari`, `Bharat Bhim`, `Rustom-e-Hind` and `Maha Bharat
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.
He also represented India in the 1972 Olympics in Munich.
"For a man of his achievements, including the titles of
Bharat Kesri and Rustom-E-Hind, Master Chandgi Ram has a
genial presence. His stint in the Jat Regiment of the Indian
Army and then as a school teacher, coupled with his sense of
humour made him a towering figure in Indian wrestling
history," the IOA chief said.
Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda also
expressed deep sorrow and grief over Ram`s demise.
In his condolence message, Hooda said Chandgi Ram was a
great wrestler who always kept the Indian tri-colour flying
high at international championships.
He said Ram would be long remembered for his contribution
to Indian wrestling.