Hawa Singh

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Hawa Singh
Born (1937-12-16)December 16, 1937
Umarwas, Haryana, India
Died August 14, 2000(2000-08-14) (aged 62)
Bhiwani, Haryana, India
Nationality Indian
Citizenship Indian
Occupation Boxer Heavyweight
Hawa Singh
Medal record
Representing  India
Asian Games
Gold medal – first place 1966 Bangkok Heavyweight
Gold medal – first place 1970 Bangkok Heavyweight

Captain Hawa Singh (December 16, 1937 in Umarwas, Haryana – August 14, 2000, in Bhiwani, Haryana) was an Indian Heavyweight boxer, who dominated Indian and Asian amateur boxing for a decade in his weight class. He won the Asian Games gold medal in Heavyweight category in consecutive editions of the games in the 1966 Asiad and the 1970 Asiad both held in Bangkok, Thailand - a feat unmatched by any Indian boxer to date (August 2008). He won the National Championships in the Heavyweight category a record 11 consecutive times — from 1961 to 1972.


Hawa Singh was born in now Haryana in 1937.[citation needed] He enrolled in the Indian Army in 1956, and became the champion of the Western Command in 1960 by defeating the defending champion, Mohabbat Singh.[citation needed] He won the National Championships for 11 straight years from 1961 to 1972, winning gold medals at the 1966 Asian Games and the 1970 Asian Games in Bangkok.[citation needed] He was awarded the Arjuna Award, India's highest sporting award, in 1966.[citation needed]

After retiring, he took up coaching and was the co-founder of the Bhiwani Boxing Club [1] which produced a slew of Indian boxers in the 1990s and 2000s (decade), including Olympic medallist Vijender Kumar. He was awarded the Dronacharya Award in 1999.[citation needed]

He died suddenly in Bhiwani on August 14, 2000 – 15 days before he was to have received the Dronacharya Award.[citation needed]