Five Indian powerlifters, including world champion Saksham Yadav, succumbed to his injuries after meeting a car accident near New Delhi on Sunday morning.
The powerlifters were travelling from Panipat to Delhi in their car, which smashed into a road divider. The accident took place at around 4 a.m. near Alipur village, close to Delhi's Singhu border with Haryana.
The victims were on the Delhi-Panipat highway in a Swift Dzire car which police believe was being driven at high speed although fog had drastically reduced visibility.
A Delhi Police official identified the dead as Tikamchand, 27, Yogesh, 24, Harish Roy, 20, and Saurabh, 18.
They were taken to Raja Harish Chandra Hospital in Narela here and declared dead by doctors, the police officer told IANS.
Saksham Yadav, 28, who won a gold medal in the 2017 weightlifting championship for India, was seriously injured along with another weightlifter, Rohit, 19, a police official said.
These two were rushed to Max Hospital in Delhi's Shalimar Bagh. Yadav was later shifted to the trauma centre of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, where his condition was said to be "extremely critical".
"Saksham's condition is extremely critical as he has severe head injuries. He has internal bleeding in the head," said a senior doctor at AIIMS.
The car, according to the official, first hit a divider and then crashed into an electricity pole. Due to the impact of the crash, the car's roof was blown away.
"All the deceased and injured are from Haryana and stayed in different places in (north) Delhi's Timarpur area. They were celebrating Rohit's birthday on Saturday and had gone to Karnal (in Haryana)," the officer said.
"Prima facie, the car was at very high speed. The driver could not see the electricity pole. Some liquor bottles were found in the car. So the possibility of drunken driving is there," he added.
The accident took place when the weightlifters were returning to Delhi.
(With IANS inputs)