Former top wrestler Andalkar dies in Pune hospital

Andalkar, a former Olympian who took part in the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, had bagged the coveted “Hind Kesari” title in 1960.

Andalkar went on to clinch Gold and Silver medals in two different weight categories in the 1962 Jakarta Asian Games. (Representational Image)   -  Getty Images

Well-known wrestler Ganpatrao Andalkar died Sunday at a private hospital in Pune, his son said. He was 83. Andalkar, a former Olympian who took part in the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, had bagged the coveted “Hind Kesari” title in 1960.

He also went on to clinch Gold and Silver medals in two different weight categories in the 1962 Jakarta Asian Games. “My father passed away at a hospital in Pune,” his son Abhijit said.

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Andalkar was also a recipient of the Arjuna award (1964) and the Maharashtra government’s ‘Shiv Chhatrapati Award’ in 1982 for his contribution to wrestling.

Kaka Pawar, the coach of Commonwealth Gold medallist wrestler Rahul Aware, termed Andalkar’s contribution to wrestling in Maharashtra as notable. “He had a notable contribution in wrestling in Maharashtra,” Pawar said.