The Hush Post: In a sad news, Hakam Singh Bhattal, an Asian Games gold medallist athlete passed away on early Tuesday morning. Besides being an Asian Games Gold medallist, Hakam Singh was also a Dhayan Chang awardee.
Hakam Singh Bhattal was 64. He was suffering serious liver and kidney ailments and had been hospitalised since days many in Sangrur, a report said.
Recently, Punjab CM Capt Amarinder Singh had ordered a release of Rs. 5 lakh for his treatment. Prior to that, Union Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore had also announced a relief fund of Rs 10 lakh for his treatment.
Rathore’s response had come after Hakam Singh Bhattal’s wife had spoken about how the government does not value athletes. “We are poor people and the government should at least help those who get laurels for the nation,” she was quoted as saying by a news agency.
Hakam Singh Bhattal was admitted to a hospital in Sangrur last month on July 29. His family was finding the situation difficult as they have did not receive any help from the government.
Hakam Singh Bhattal had won a gold medal in the men’s 20km walk in the 1978 Bangkok Asian Games. He also won the Gold medal in the Asian Track and Field Meeting held in Tokyo in 1979, the report said.
Hakam Singh Bhattal, who had also served as havaldar in the 6 Sikh Regiment, was given the Dhyan Chand Award in 2008. A near-fatal accident in 1981 had forced him to hang up his boots, marking an abrupt end to an illustrious sports career, the report said.