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Olympic boxer Shakti Mazumdar passes away at 90

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Kolkata, May 21 (IANS) Boxer Shakti Mazumdar, who was a member of the Indian contingent at the 1952 Helsinki Olympic Games, passed away after suffering a heart-attack at his home in the Ballygunge area of Kolkata on Friday. He was 90.

A flyweight boxer, Mazumdar had got a walkover from Vietnam’s Nguyen Van Cua, but later lost to South Korea’s Han Soo-ann.

Mazumdar was a product of Ajoy Sinha’s Ballygunge Boxing Institute and won two national titles in flyweight category despite the sport being dominated by army pugilists then.

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“With profound grief, we regret to inform you that Shakti Mazumdar passed away at Ballygunge, West Bengal, today,” Asit Banerjee, president, Bengal Amateur Boxing Federation (BABF), said in a statement.

–IANS

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