Commonwealth Gold medallist defends coach in boxer's suicide case
New Delhi, May 17 (UNI) Indicted in boxer Sonu Chahal's unnatural death case, SAI coach Jagdish Singh found support from his ward and Commonwealth gold medallist Akhil Kumar who claimed that the trainer is a victim of a conspiracy and the ''evil designs'' are aimed at denying him the Dronacharya award.
Talking to UNI here today, Akhil, who won the 54kg category gold in Melbourne, claimed Sonu was hooked on to liquor and had a breakup with a girl which led to his ''suicide'' and ''some elements'' instigated his father to file a complaint against the coach.
''Jagdish Sir is the victim of a conspiracy hatched against him.
I have the police reports and the postmortem report with me and it's a clear case of suicide. Everybody knows how Sonu ruined himself with his drinking habits and then a break-up. Even the girl is ready to admit that Sonu was in depression after they parted ways. He was a good prospect but his indiscipline led to a slump in his form and he eventually committed suicide,'' said the pugilist.
''This is part of the conspiracy to deny him the Dronacharya award. I heard they don't confer the award to any coach with criminal case against him and Sonu's death is being used to taint him so that he doesn't get the award,'' he claimed.
'I left my parents in 1996 to stay with and learn from Jagdish Sir and of the five medallists in Melbourne Commonwealth Games -- three are his wards -- me, VIjender and Jitender. He's a great coach who has trained a huge number of boxers who went on to win medals for the country. He was sure to get Dronacharya but there are others out to deny him that.'' Sonu was found found hanging in his room at the SAI hostel in Bhiwani on March 13 and initially it was supposed to be a case of suicide before his father registered a murder case against the coach almost two months after the death.
''All the boxers would vouch for Jagdish sir. He is a father figure to us and we won't allow anyone to taint his name,' Akhil asserted.
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