Undergoing treatment for dengue for the last four days at a private hospital in Varanasi, a footballer who represented India at international events succumbed on Tuesday evening. Poonam Chauhan, 29, worked as an adhoc coach at Varanasi’s Sigra stadium, run by the state government.
Her family said Poonam complained of fever on Saturday, and after reports confirmed dengue, she was admitted to a private hospital on Monday. The death certificate issued from the private hospital stated that Poonam was suffering from dengue, thrombocytopenia and severe anaemia, causing cardiorespiratory arrest.
Poonam’s younger sister, Sandhya said she had represented India in South Asian Federation (SAF) Games in Bangladesh and Malaysia in 2006 and 2010, respectively.
A resident of Shivpur area of Varanasi, Poonam had completed her BPEd and MPEd from BHU. She also had a diploma from National Institute of Sports, Patiala. Poonam’s father Munna Lal Chauhan runs a stationary shop in Shivpur. She was the eldest of five siblings.