Two days after he was selected in the Indian boxing team for the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, Asian Games silver medallist Dinesh Kumar Sangwan was injured in a road accident. The accident took place late on Sunday night when the boxer was travelling from Bhiwani to Patiala. The boxer suffered multiple fractures on his right arm and right hand also.
The 25-year-old boxer, who is an inspector with Haryana Police, underwent an operation at Columbia Asia Hospital in Patiala late Monday evening.
“He has suffered fractures on the right arm and also suffered injuries on his right hand. But he received medical care on time and underwent an operation late Monday evening,” Dinesh Kumar’s elder brother Tanejpal Sangwan said.
Doctors conducted emergency surgeries on the boxer on Monday, the first ended at 10:30pm and the second was scheduled to end past midnight.
The Bhiwani boxer, who competes in the 91 Kg category, was returning from Bhiwani to Patiala to attend the ongoing national camp for the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, when his car hit a mini-truck near Samana near Patiala. Along with other coaches at the camp and boxers, national coach Gurbax Singh Sandhu also rushed to be by Dinesh’s side on Sunday night and spent the night with the boxer. Sandhu said that the accident came as a ‘huge shock’
“It was very painful to hear about Dinesh’s injury both from a personal and boxing perspective. He was boxing so well. He was among our best hopes for a medal in Commonwealth Games. I was expecting a gold from him at the Commonwealth Games,” said Sandhu.
Indeed, Dinesh appeared to be in great form at the selection trials for the Commonwealth Games at Patiala last week. Boxing in the heavyweight category, the 26-year-old had first beaten World Championship’s quarterfinalist Manpreet Singh and then twice forced a standing eight count on Amritpreet Singh.
Sandhu said he had spoken to the boxer following his surgery. “When I spoke to Dinesh he was trying to be brave. He said that he would be fine. I didn’t speak to him too long because initially the fear was that he had suffered an injury to his head also,” said Sandhu.
While Dinesh had fortunately been spared of head injuries, other wounds were severe. “He underwent a lengthy surgery. He has suffered severe injuries to his right arm. Doctors have said that he had multiple fractures on his upper arm as well. There has also been some muscle loss. He also underwent CT scan, reports of which were okay,” said Sandhu.
While the Commonwealth Games are still a couple of months away, Dinesh’s participation at the event seems uncertain given the extent of his injuries. Coach Sandhu however says there no plans have been made for an alternative.
“Right now it would be unfair to take any decision by myself regarding the Commonwealth Games squad. For the moment Dinesh’s name remains in the Commonwealth Games squad list and he is our first choice,” Sandhu said.
However, the national coach said that a call will be made on the immediate future of the heavyweight boxer’s career only after Tuesday.
“But we can only get a clearer picture about what Dinesh’s chances (of participation) are from the doctors. They will be able to tell us how much time he will need for recovery on Tuesday. Only after that, the selection committee, Dr Kishen Narsi (AIBA representative in India) and the IOA ad-hoc committee for Indian boxing will to sit together and take a decision,” said Sandhu.
Ramandeep discharged, advised complete rest
New Delhi: India hockey forward Ramandeep Singh was discharged from the hospital on Monday after undergoing an eye surgery in The Hague, Holland. The 21-year-old, who was hit by a ball during India’s World Cup warm-up match against Argentina on Sunday, has suffered multiple fractures in his right eye socket and cheekbone.
He has been advised complete rest by the doctors and is due for a medical review on May 30. His replacement, Lalit Updhyay, joined the team on Monday.
Hockey India’s high performance director Roelant Oltmans said: “Injury of Ramandeep Singh is a big loss to us looking ahead the World Cup but I wish him a speedy recovery. I am hopeful that after four weeks of recovery period he will make a strong comeback in the team. Lalit Upadhyay also arrived this afternoon to replace Ramandeep.”— ENS