Asian Games gold medalist Dingko Singh no more | Imphal News – Times of India

IMPHAL: Former Indian boxer Ngangom Dingko Singh passed away after a long battle with cancer at his home at Sekta village in Manipur’s Imphal East district on Thursday morning. He was 42. He is survived by his wife and two children.
Dingko had won a gold medal in the 1998 Bangkok Asian Games in the 54-kg category, ending India’s 16-year wait for a boxing victory in the event.
He was honoured with the Arjuna Award the same year and the Padma Shri in 2013. In honour of his achievements, the state government has named a road in Imphal East district after him.
Dingko was diagnosed with liver cancer in 2017 and he tested positive for Covid-19 last year. Before confining at his residence owing to his ill health, Dingko was serving in the Indian Navy.
“I’m shocked and deeply saddened by the demise of Shri N Dingko Singh earlier this morning. A Padma Shri awardee, Dingo Singh was one of the most outstanding boxers Manipur has ever produced. My sincere condolences to the bereaved family. May his soul rest in peace.” said CM N Biren Singh said in a Facebook post.
Manipur youth affairs and sports minister Letpao Haokip said Dingko won his maiden national title (sub-junior) at the age of 10 and went on to become the first modern star of Indian boxing, inspiring the likes of six-time world champion MC Mary Kom with his achievement in the 1998 Bangkok Asian Games.
He added, “I offer deepest sympathy to all his loved ones and I pray that the Almighty comforts you in this time of grief and immeasurable loss.”
Boxing champion Laishram Sarita Devi said, “Oja (teacher) Dingko Ngangom, you were my inspiration, my childhood hero. It breaks my heart into pieces that you are gone too soon. Your memory will never leave us and live long in our hearts. #Heartbroken”.

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