International para athlete Ramesh Tikaram (51) succumbed to Covid-19 here on Friday.
The president of the Para Badminton Association of India, NC Sudheer, said Tikaram was admitted to a private hospital on June 29 with a fever. He tested positive and died without responding to treatment. Tikaram is survived by his wife and 2 children.
Tikaram won medals in the shotput and javelin throw at the Nottingham meet in 1995 and later in Sydney. He was instrumental in India winning the 2001 international para badminton tournament. In 2002, he received the Arjuna award for his achievements at the hands of the then President Abdul Kalam.
Union Sports Minister Kiran Rijiju has conveyed his condolences to the bereaved family.
Very sad to hear the news of the tragic demise of former Para-Badminton player Ramesh Tikaram. I extend my heartfelt condolences and prayers.— Kiren Rijiju (@KirenRijiju) July 16, 2020
स्वर्गीय श्री रमेश टीकाराम जी को साल 2002 में अर्जुन अवॉर्ड दिया गया था। देश का नाम रोशन करने वाले टीकाराम जी कोरोना से जंग हार गए। pic.twitter.com/is9uibBRSN