5 powerlifters, including world champion, killed in road accident
Five powerlifting players from Delhi were killed on Sunday after their car hit a road divider and crashed into a pole on the Delhi-Chandigarh highway.
Among those killed was Saksham Yadav, a world champion, who won the title for India in Moscow in 2017. One other player who was in the car was injured.
The six athletes were going from Delhi to Panipat carrying their powerlifting kits, when they met with the accident at in Singhu border between Delhi and Haryana. The force of the impact was so high that the car rolled over several times and its roof was completely torn off.
The car was speeding and there were some bottles of alcohol, and the police believes the people inside may have been drinking.
Yadav won a gold medal in the junior category in 2016 and one in the senior category in 2017 in the world championships.
Powerlifting is a different sport from weightlifting in which the weight is not directed vertically overhead.