Compound archery coach Cherukuri Lenin, 27, died in a road accident in the wee hours on Sunday morning. Lenin along with Commonwealth Games compound team silver medal winners Ch Jignas and Ritul Chatterjee were returning to Vijayawada after attending a felicitation function in Hyderabad when Lenin lost control of his Scorpio and hit a divider.
According to sources, Lenin, who had just taken the wheel from his driver, was not wearing a seat belt and was thrown out of the car on impact. His head hit the divider and he died on the spot. Lenin's father Satyanarayana and Ritul suffered minor injuries and the others, including Jignas and his father Rajsekhar, escaped unhurt.
Lenin, a former national champion in compound archery and winner of the team gold in the Asian GP in Bangkok in 2005, quit the sport two years back and started coaching at his father's Cherukuri Volga Archery Academy in Vijayawada. Both Jignas and Ritul, who are 16 years old, were his trainees at the academy.
"There was a felicitation ceremony arranged by the MPs and the MLAs of Vijayawada on Sunday evening. It is a condolence meeting now. It is so shocking. They (father and son) had so many plans with compound archery," VVSN Rao, former SAI Eastern Centre director and currently the vice-president and chairman of the Development Committee of the Archery Association of India and a close friend of the Cherukuris, said.