| Singapore | 26 March 2016 | Asia Samachar |
Indian wrestling icon Dara Singh bridged the gap between South Asia and Southeast Asia and even wrestled in 1948 to raise anti-tuberculosis funds in Singapore, according to a new book launched in Singapore.
The book, Nation At Play: A History of Sport in India written by Ronojoy Sen, a Senior Research Fellow at think tank Institute of South Asia Studies (ISAS) in the National University of Singapore, was released on 23 March 2016, reports PTI.
The book covers India’s sporting glory on international stage with sporting legends including Milkha Singh, P T Usha, Mary Kom, Abhinav Bindra, hockey stick wizard Dhyan Chand and cricketer Sachin Tendulkar.
Dara’s contribution to raise anti-tuberculosis fund in Singapore in 1948 have been mentioned in the book, according to the report.
“Dara Singh was one sportsperson who bridged the gap between South and Southeast Asia,” Sen wrote.
Singh, whose original name was Deedar Singh Randhawa and was born in Punjab in 1928, joined Bollywood films, becoming one of the first to bring the sports and film industry together in India. Singh acted in more than 115 films, writes Sen in the 382-page book, which reaches as far back as ancient times, it adds.
Dara Singh won the world wrestling championship in 1960. The 6ft 2in (1.82m) had studied pehlwani, the Indian style of wrestling.
One of the memorable moments for the wrestler-turned-actor, who passed away in June 2012, was an exciting fight in the history of wrestling competitions when he lifted an almost 200kg King Kong of Australia over his head and twirled him around.
In what went down in the history as one of the most breathtaking fights in the wrestling ring, Dara Singh, weighing 130 kg, lifted King Kong over his head and twirled him around in dramatic fashion. It made King Kong yell at the referee, reminding him that this was not in the rules, according to an earlier PTI report.
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