Renowned wrestler and Dronacharya awardee Sukhchain Singh Cheema (68) died in a road accident on the Patiala Bypass on Thursday morning. He was returning from a training session from his farmhouse at Bhanri village.
The accident happened at around 6 am when an Alto coming from Rajpura side rammed into Cheema’s Toyota Etios. After being hit, Cheema’s car fell down into the drain. Consequently, he suffered severe head injuries. He was immediately rushed to the nearest Government hospital but it was too late to save him.
Wrestling was deep-rooted in Sukhchain Singh Cheema’s bloodline. His family carried wrestling legacy from eras of various local kings and also including Maharaja of Patiala.
‘Rustum-e-Hind’ and ‘Bharat Kesari’ title winner and Olympian Kesar Singh Cheema was his father. Kesar Singh migrated to India after the partition and gave a new shape to Indian wrestling. Sukhchain also coached his son and Olympian Parwinder Singh Cheema who is also a ‘Rustum-e-Hind’ title holder.
Sukhchain won a bronze medal in 1974 Tehran Asian Games. He was a very well known coach in akhara and dangal circuits. Presently, he was the coach at National Institute of Sports in Patiala.
Sukhchain Singh’s demise left wrestling community in tragic shock. India lost a star wrestler and it is a big loss for the country. Cheema and his family devoted their whole life to promote wrestling.
The whole country will mourn in honour of Sukhchain Singh Cheema’s great service.