Certainly one of his contemporaries, surprised by the event, mentioned that he remembers Iqbal as somebody who threatened to take the then Novice Athletics Federation of India to courtroom over his non-selection for the 1988 Seoul Olympics.
“He was a well-liked athlete of the 1980s. He as soon as threatened to file filed a case in opposition to the nationwide federation for not deciding on him for the 1988 Olympics. He mentioned he would rent a high lawyer. We suggested him not accomplish that, he then dropped the concept,” mentioned the veteran, who didn’t want to be named.
Iqbal initially hailed from Hoshiarpur district in Punjab and was employed with Punjab Police.
His finest achievement was a bronze within the Asian Championships in Kuwait and he by no means took half in both the Asian Video games or the Olympics.
In an period dominated by double Asian Video games gold-medallist Bahadur Singh and Balwinder Singh Dhaliwal, who held the nationwide document for a very long time, Iqbal couldn’t win gold on most events however did notch up lesser medals.
“He (Iqbal) was very aggressive. I used to be near him and he was a mild and good particular person. The case is below poilce investigation in US and so I can not say something however from what I do know him at the moment he doesn’t seem like to be an individual to commit a homicide,” Balwinder informed from Chandigarh.
Iqbal’s private finest was 18.77m, additionally a nationwide document, which he managed in the course of the Allow Meet in 1988, New Delhi. At the moment, the nationwide federation used to organise space allow meets which had prize cash for winner and the place foreigners may additionally participate.
Balwinder mentioned he misplaced contact with Iqbal after he shifted base to the US, settling for a life as a taxi driver.
“…you by no means know what occurs in an individual’s life. The circumstances and future occasions which occurred to us have an effect on our lives and actions. He shifted to USA and we didn’t communicate to one another after that,” mentioned Balwinder who gained a silver in the identical Asian Championships the place Iqbal gained a bronze.
“He was both second or third in nationwide championships. His private finest was within the 1988 Allow Meet in New Delhi,” added the two-time Asian champion shot putter.
Iqbal was second to Bahadur Singh within the 1985 Nationwide Inter-State Championships within the then Madras whereas Balwinder was third.
“I’m pained and shocked…He was a bit quiet however a cheerful and jovial particular person. I had shared a whole lot of time with him and clicked plenty of pictures collectively throughout competitors. I can not imagined what has occurred to him,” mentioned S D Eashan, who gained a shot put bronze in 1990 Asian Video games.