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Indian Railways immortalise P L Roy by installing statue
Kolkata | Thursday, May 19 2011 IST
 
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Indian Railways will immortalise PL Roy ''Father of Indian Boxing,'' more than three decades after his passing away, by installing his life-size statue at an indoor stadium named after the legend here tomorrow.

Just before the World War I, P L Roy hit the headlines in England by winning titles at the University and Royal Air Force competitions.

Boxing soon spread to Bangalore, Madras (now Chennai), Lahore (now in Pakistan), Jabalpur and other cities, including then Calcutta. PL Roy, a legend in his lifetime in the Indian Boxing, was an MA from Cambridge University and became Cambridge University Blue. He was widely regarded by his pupils who fondlly called him Sir.

His untiring love for boxing became legend in India after his return to the country.

In 1928, under his initiative, the first Inter-Railway Boxing Championship was held in Kolkata. He joined the then Bengal Railway (now Eastern Railway) as Traffic Superintendent. Soon he was made Sports Officer, Railway Board. Over the years up to his death in 1979, he did not disassociate himself from the boxing ring and engaged in training youngsters of Railways and others at the Netaji Subhas Institute and at SOPC (School of Physical Culture) at Wellington Square here.

For his contribution Eastern Railway Sports Association has decided to organize a programme on the occasion and formally unveil his statue tomorrow at PL Roy Indoor Stadium, Sealdah.

Additional General Manager, Eastern Railway and President, Eastern Railway Sports Association AK Gupta will unveil the statue.

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