Former National men’s singles table tennis champion Manmeet Singh passed away in Montreal on Monday. Survived by wife and two daughters, Manmeet was 58.

For the past two years, Manmeet was suffering from Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALC), a neurodegenerative disease that affects the motor nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord.

Former National champion Manjit Dua remembers Manmeet as an extremely competitive and hard working player. “It seems like yesterday when his father came to me and asked me to take time off training to impart some tips to Manmeet, then a youngster who went on to become the National junior champion. We played a lot together in Delhi, domestic events and later as part of the National team.”

Vinay Chopra, Manmeet’s school-mate from Manav Sthali, and partner in winning the National doubles final against favourite Kamlesh Mehta and S. Sriram describes him…

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