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Indecisive Dingko out of King's Cup

By Our Sports Reporter

NEW DELHI, MARCH 26. Bantamweight pugilist Ng Dingko Singh's indecisiveness has cast apprehensions about him being match-fit for the coming international competitions.

Already, the Indian Amateur Boxing Federation (IABF), for the second successive year, has been forced to exclude him from the team headed for Thailand. The 25th edition of the prestigious boxing tournament will be held in Bangkok from April 4 to 10.

After winning the Nationals here in Delhi, Dingko Singh skipped training programmes in Bulgaria and Ukraine, and then the ongoing camp in Patiala. The boxer, apparently, wanted to train under a Cuban coach at an academy in Pune.

Having missed the whole of 2001 due to recurring wrist problem, the return of Dingko Singh this February was a welcome event for the Indian boxing. But his hesitant attitude has earned him many a critic in the IABF.

Dingko Singh, according to the sources, was not ready to train with the Bulgarian coach, Mr. Peter Stoyonav. While the other pugilists attended the programmes in the two east European countries, and were now busy in Patiala, Dingko Singh informed the federation that he would be training in Pune.

Still, his name was included in the list of 10 boxers for the King's Cup tournament.

But the Ministry of Sports suggested pruning of the list, and also insisted that only medal prospects be sent for the international competitions.

Since Dingko Singh was not part of the National camp, the IABF removed him from the Bangkok trip. Two others, K. Sanjit Singh and Parminder Singh, were also dropped. As the things stood, the team of seven boxers was yet to be cleared by the Government.

The team: 48-kg: Mohd. Ali Qamar (RSPB); 51-kg: Akhil Kumar (RSPB); 57-kg: Som Bahadur Pun (SSCB); 60-kg: Ramanand (SSCB); 67-kg: Dilbag Singh (AIP); 75-kg: Jitender Kumar (RSPB); Plus 91-kg: Harpal Singh (AIP).

Officials: Messrs G. S. Sandhu (coach); Peter Stoyonav (coach); Rajesh Bhandari (manager); Jay Kowli (referee); R. K. Chengappa (doctor).

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