‘Tiger’ tells story of trailblazing Sikh boxer Pardeep Singh Nagra and his battles for religious beliefs

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Prem Singh, left, with Pardeep Singh Nagra. Singh stars as Nagra in the new film Tiger. – R3M Productions photo
By Chris Clay | Mississauga.com |

A new film inspired by the life of a Canadian boxer who fought battles in and out of the ring to pursue his dream — while maintaining his religion and honouring his heritage — will open this weekend in Mississauga.

Tiger is the story of Pardeep Singh Nagra, who grew up in Mississauga and is the executive director of the Sikh Heritage Museum of Canada.

Back in 1999, Nagra was Ontario’s light flyweight amateur champion and was headed to the nationals. However, the Canadian Amateur Boxing Association prohibited him from competing at them due to his beard, which wasn’t allowed under the rules. As a Sikh, maintaining a beard is part of his faith.

He took his case to the courts and eventually won a decision that required the boxing association to allow boxers with facial hair, including beards, to fight.

“Human rights are like being in the game. If you’re a spectator, you’re indifferent,” Nagra told Toronto.com. “I hope people can be inspired by the story to be resilient. We all have the responsibility to stand up for and with people. A right denied any Canadian is a right denied me.”

Read the full story here.

 

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