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Boxing coach suspended

Imphal, Jan. 18: The three SAI weightlifting trainees who were assaulted by boxing coach Ngangom Dingko Singh will not be able to resume training sessions for some more days as they will continue to be under medical care at Shija Hospitals and Research Institute here.

SAI Northeast Regional Centre, Imphal, suspended Dingko Singh from the post of boxing coach following the assault case. Special Area Games, Imphal in-charge L. Ibomcha announced the suspension today. The order for suspension dated yesterday was issued by Sanjay Saratswat, director, personnel and coaching, of Imphal SAI Centre, Ibomcha said.

Dingko Singh assaulted Soibam Aranbala, Chungkha Kamei and Yaifabi on the night of January 13.

SAI regional centre, Imphal, has started an internal inquiry. The Manipur State Women’s Commission has also registered a suo moto case.

“We are treating them for physical injuries and trauma at the medicine ward of our hospital. We are conducting a thorough check-up of the three girls to detect if there are any injuries that could lead to complications in future,” a doctor who is tending to the girls said.

A gynaecologist had also examined the girls, apart from counselling for trauma, he said.

“We are carrying out a series of tests. The results will come in the next couple of days. We will treat them as per the findings of the tests. They will have to stay at the hospital for some more days,” the doctor said. The Manipur Amateur Boxing Association has termed the incident “unfortunate”.