Asian Games gold medallist Praveen Kumar Sobti passes away at 74

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Asian Games gold medallist and the ‘Mahabharata’ actor Praveen Kumar Sobti breathed his last on Monday. The cause of his death has been revealed as the heart attack. He was 74. Praveen Kumar Sobti had also represented India at the 1968 and 1972 Summer Olympics. Sobti, an Arjuna Awardee passed away at his home in New Delhi. He is survived by his wife, daughter, two younger brothers and a sister.

“He had a chronic chest infection problem. At night (Monday), when he started feeling uneasy, we called the doctor at home. He passed away between 10-10:30 pm following a cardiac arrest,” Praveen Kumar Sobti’s kin told PTI.

Praveen Kumar Sobti represented India in major International events

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Praveen Kumar Sobti had been hailed as India’s top athletes during the 1960s and 70s. He previously served as a soldier in the newly-formed Border Security Force (BSF) in 1965. He gained recognition for his remarkable athleticism and represented India at Asian Games, Olympics and Commonwealth Games among other major events.

Sobti was a gold medalist in the discus throw at the Asian Games 1966 held in Bangkok and clinched a bronze in hammer throw at the same edition. He also won a silver in hammer throw at the Commonwealth Games 1966 in Jamaica earlier that year.

After representing India at the Mexico 1968 Olympics, Praveen Kumar Sobti went on to defend his gold medal in the Asian Games 1970, again in Bangkok, and followed it up with a silver medal in discus throw at the 1974 edition in Tehran. He also participated in the Munich 1972 Summer Games.

He had finished 20th in hammer throw at Mexico 1968 and was positioned 26th in the men’s discus throw competition at Munich 1972. Following his retirement in sports, Praveen Kumar switched his career and become an actor in the Hindi television and film industry.

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