Former Asian Video games gold medallist in boxing Ngangom Dingko Singh, who handed away on Thursday morning, might be remembered as an individual who revolutionised boxing particularly, and sports activities usually, in Manipur — and in India.
Dingko, was affected by liver most cancers, and he handed away aged 42. He needed to bear radiation remedy for liver remedy in January final yr. He even needed to promote his home for his medical remedy. He had additionally examined constructive for Covid-19, and later recovered from it.
Dingko, who was lethal together with his left hook-right cross mixture, had received the bantamweight title in Bangkok in 1998 to finish India’s 16-year boxing gold medal drought on the Asian Video games. Kaur Singh had received gold in 1982 Asian Video games in heavyweight (91 kg).
“I used to be a type of who was impressed by Dingko’s 1998 Asian Video games gold. Later, I had the chance to shine my boxing expertise underneath him when he was chief boxing coach of the Navy from 2009 to 2012,” Manipur’s Suranjoy Singh, the 2010 Commonwealth Video games flyweight champion, informed IANS from Mumbai.
Suranjoy, who’s chief boxing coach of the Navy, stated all of the boxers noticed two minutes of silence earlier than they began their routine on Thursday.
“Dingko is the person who impressed me. He later turned chief boxing coach of the Navy. I by no means thought someday I might be on the similar submit. I can not imagine he’s no extra,” he stated.
Jitender Kumar, Olympian and Commonwealth Video games silver medallist, remembers Dingko as a boxer with integrity.
“He was a junior to me within the nationwide camp, and he was an intensive gentleman. His indomitable spirit made him a superb boxer,” stated Kumar, who was additionally a member of the Indian crew on the 1998 Asian Video games.
In line with Kumar, Dingko was initially dropped from the 1998 Asian Video games squad. “There was a giant drama. He was later included within the Indian crew. However he shut his critics by profitable the Asian Video games gold,” he stated.
Kumar stated Dingko had a troublesome Thai opponent within the semis on the 1998 Asian Video games.
“The native followers rooted for the Thai boxer, however Dingko did not get nervous. The unruly crowd even threw empty bottles on the Indian crew after Dingko received his semi-final bout. We needed to duck empty bottles and different stuff thrown at us. Even Dingko was hit by an empty bottle. All of us escaped unharmed,” he recalled.
S. Suresh Singh, one other worldwide boxer from Manipur who represented India at 2000 Sydney Olympics, stated that after the Bangkok Asian Video games gold profitable efficiency Dingko could not extend his worldwide profession attributable to damage.
“He bought injured in 1999 and wasn’t spectacular on the Sydney Olympics. He wasn’t capable of prepare laborious and have become a coach of the Navy crew. Later, he joined Sports activities Authority of India (SAI),” stated Suresh.
Dingko was conferred the Arjuna Award in 1998 and honoured with Padma Shri in 2013. Final yr, Dingko examined constructive for coronavirus. He recovered from it however needed to bear radiation remedy for liver remedy.