Dronacharya Awardee OP Bhardwaj Passes Away


New Delhi: India’s first Dronacharya awardee coach in boxing, OP Bhardwaj passed away at the age of 82 after battling prolonged illness and age-related issues here on Friday.

Reportedly, Bhardwaj was bestowed with the highest national honour in coaching jointly with Bhalchandra Bhaskar Bhagwat (wrestling) and O M Nambiar (athletics), when it was introduced in 1985.

Notably, Bhardwaj was India’s national boxing coach from 1968 to 1989 and also served as a national selector. Under his tutelage, Indian pugilists won medals at the Asian Games, the Commonwealth Games, and the South Asian Games.

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