Timely intervention from the Archery Association of India (AAI) will see legendary archer Limba Ram, who is battling a form of neurodegenerative disease (multiple system atrophy), receive much-needed treatment soon.
Admitted at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) hospital in New Delhi, the 48-year-old has been at the receiving end of the nationwide lockdown in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
Limba Ram’s reports suggest that he has worms in his brain which are blocking his nerves and that he requires the administration of a life-saving injection to strengthen the functioning of his nerve system.
But with the lockdown bringing life in India to a standstill, the hospital authorities are struggling to procure the necessary injection. Limba Ram hasn’t been injected with a single injection for the last one month, the Times of India reported.
However, the AAI general secretary Pramod Chandurkar said that the roadblocks were cleared after the federation president Arjun Munda intervened to address the issue.
The legend of Limba Ram
The three-time Olympian, Limba Ram was the poster boy for Indian archery in the 90s when his talent saw him go toe-to-toe with the champions from powerhouse countries like South Korea.
Limba Ram led India to a famous gold medal win in the team’s event at the Asian Archery Championships in 1989, a competition that saw him win the silver in the individual event as well.
In 1992, he matched the world record in the 30m event with a score of 357/360 at the Asian Archery Championships in China to bag a gold medal.
He also represented India at three Olympic Games; at Seoul 1988, Barcelona 1992, and Atlanta 1996.
For his achievements in sport, he was conferred the Arjuna Award in 1991 and the Padma Shri in 2012.
Meanwhile, former Asian Games gold medallists Dingko Singh, who was held up in Imphal because of the lockdown, was flown to New Delhi on Saturday for his liver cancer treatment.
The Boxing Federation of India informed that the former pugilist was moved to the Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences (ILBS) for further treatment.