Former Para-badminton player and Arjuna awardee Ramesh Tikaram died of Coronavirus at the age of 51 in a Bengaluru hospital on Thursday, said Para-Badminton India president N C Sudhir.
“We are sorry to inform you that Ramesh Tikaram passed away this afternoon…” said Sudhir in a statement.
Talking to PTI, he said “The 51-year-old player, who had fever and cough, was admitted to a private hospital on June 29. The player is survived by his wife and two children.”
Kiren Rijiju, the sports minister, expressed his condolences towards his family. He tweeted- “Very sad to hear the news of the tragic demise of former Para-Badminton player Ramesh Tikaram. I extend my heartfelt condolences and prayers.
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।”
K Y Venkatesh, one of his friends said that he was instrumental in bringing the para-badminton tournament to the country.