Indian para-badminton player Ramesh Tikaram passes away on Thursday after battling Covid-19.

The 51-year-old had fever and respiratory problems and was admitted to the hospital on 29 June, said NC Sudhir, president of Para-Badminton India.

He tested positive for Covid-19 the following day and was rushed to the ICU and administered a ventilator. Although he showed signs of recovery last week, his condition worsened on Thursday.

“We are sorry to inform you that Ramesh Tikaram passed away this afternoon (July 16),” Sudhir said as reported by the Times of India.

Tikaram represented India at the 1992 Barcelona Paralympics. His career included titles in Germany, the Netherlands and Israel. He was awarded the Arjuna Award in 2002 for his achievements in sports by the Government of India.

He is survived by his parents and two daughters.