New Delhi: Still regretful of the time he spent away from his late mother while she battled cancer, star Indian boxer Suranjoy Singh dedicated his Arjuna award to her and said it is just one of the several goals that he wants to achieve to honour her memory.
The lone boxer to make the cut in the honours` list of this year`s National Sports Awards, the fly weight pugilist returned to the country today after notching up a bronze medal at the fifth World Military Games in Brazil.
The 25-year-old Manipuri was the only Indian boxer to finish on the podium at the Games held in the Brazilian capital of Rio de Janeiro.
"I dedicate this (Arjuna) award to my late mother (Tampaklei Singh), I have to do a lot more for her. She wanted to see me as a successful boxer and compete in the Olympics and I want to fulfill all her dreams," Suranjoy said after landing in the capital today.
"I could not spend time with her when she was unwell. I was competing at the Commonwealth Games when she first fell ill. She started improving after that but her condition worsened after I went for the Asian Games in November last year.”
"My family kept this information from me while I was at the Asian Games (in China last year). It was only after I came back that I got to know what had happened. She died in December last year. I regret not being there while she was not well, I wanted to spend more time with her," he added.