Yadav, a resident of Nagloi in north Delhi, won gold for India in powerlifting world championship held in Moscow previous year. "So the possibility of drunken driving is there", he added.
The force of the impact was so high that the vehicle rolled over several times and its roof got completely blown off, before the auto hit the pole, police said. Saksham was travelling with four other powerlifters who died on spot. The car's speed and the dense fog may have been a factor that led to the accident, police officials said.
Such was the impact of the crash that the vehicle - a Maruti Swift Dzire with registration number DL4CAU 9585 - rolled over several times before coming to a stop. All the other athletes including Bali were residents of Timarpur in north Delhi. "They were celebrating Rohit's birthday on Saturday and had gone to Karnal (in Haryana)", the officer said.
Preliminary police inquiry had revealed that the mishap happened around 4 am when the driver of the auto in which the six men were travelling lost control over the speeding vehicle and crashed into a divider near a petrol pump.
All the six athletes were taken to the Raja Harish Chandra hospital by a PCR team where four of them were declared dead on arrival.
While the injured identified as Saksham (28), shifted to Max Hospital in Shalimar Bagh and Rohit (23) was taken to LNJP Hospital where his condition is stated to out of danger. The victims were celebrating a birthday party and some alcohol bottles were found inside the auto, police said. All of them were having birthday celebrations.
Players killed in the accident have been identified as Tikamchand, Saurabh, Yogesh and Harish.