UP eve footballer die due to dengue in Varanasi

UP eve footballer die due to dengue in Varanasi


UP eve footballer die due to dengue in Varanasi


Varanasi : In a tragic incident, Uttar Pradesh's first international woman footballer Poonam Chauhan (28) died here due to dengue. According to family members, Poonam was suffering from fever for the past one week but suddenly her platelets started dropping and last night at 2030 hours she died at a private hospital in the city. The body of the young footballer, who represented India and UP, have been kept at the Sigra stadium and her cremation would be performed this afternoon. Poonam was the first international footballer from the state and she was the part of the Indian team which won the gold medal in South Asian games in 2010. She also captained UP women football team five times and was presently a trainer at the Sigra stadium of Varanasi for football. Before her illness, she was preparing for state level football championship. Former UP captain was said to be unemployed from a long time. Despite having C level license for coaching, she couldn’t become coach. She used to run a stationary shop with her father in Shivpur to earn her living. Poonam's coach Mustaq Ali expressing his condolence on the death of a young talented footballer claimed that she was the best striker of the national women football team and was the first player from UP to grab a place in the national side.

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