Dingko Singh Biography – Dingko Singh Wiki
Dingko Singh (Master Chief Petty Officer Ngangom Dingko Singh) was an Indian boxer who won the gold medal at the 1998 Asian Games in Bangkok. He was from the North-eastern Indian state of Manipur. He was awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India in 2013. He is considered to have been one of the most outstanding boxers India ever produced. He won the King’s Cup in Bangkok in 1997 and won the Asian Games gold in the 1998 Bangkok Games. He was service personnel of the Indian Navy. He is well known for having grabbed a gold medal in the boxing event at the Bangkok Asian Games in Thailand in 1998.
The trainers at a Special Area Games Scheme initiated by the Sports Authority of India identified his hidden talents and he was trained under the expert supervision of Major O.P. Bhatia, who later on became the Executive Director of the Teams Wing in the Sports Authority of India. His talent, efforts, and training began paying off when he won the Sub Junior National Boxing Championship in 1989 at Ambala at the young age of just 10 years. This achievement brought Dingko into the eyes of the selectors and coaches, who began to see him as a promising boxing star of India. He made his debut in the arena of international boxing in 1997 and won the King’s Cup 1997 held in Bangkok, Thailand. Apart from winning the tournament, he was also declared the best boxer of the meet. He also represented India at the 1998 Asian Games and at the 2000 Summer Olympics.
He was selected for the Indian boxing squad which participated at the Asian Games in Bangkok in 1998. For unknown reasons, he was dropped from the team at the last minute and dejected Dingko went on a drinking spree, collapsing after a long session of drinks. Eventually, he was selected and the event proved to be the pinnacle of his career as he created history by winning the gold medal in the 54 kg Bantamweight category. In his journey to the gold, he achieved a major upset by defeating Wong Prages Sontaya, an excellent boxer from Thailand in the semifinal match. Wong was the boxer in the World boxer in that class at the time and Dingko’s victory surprised everybody, the whole nation now expected something special from him.
One of the most glorious moments in the boxing event of the Bangkok Asian Games of 1998 arrived when Dingko fought the well-known boxer from Uzbekistan, Timur Tulyakov in the final match. At that time, Timur held the No. 5 ranking in the division in the world. He had just moved up to the 54 kg category from the 51 kg a few months back before winning the gold, which made his victory a lot more impressive. During the match, he proved to be far better than his opponent, and Timur had to retire after the fourth round of the fight. To commemorate his excellence in the sport of boxing, and his extraordinary contribution to the nation by his consistent efforts and dedication, he was honored with the prestigious Arjuna Award in 1998 and later with the Padma Shri Award, the country’s fourth-highest civilian award, in 2013. Dingko did not go professional like other boxers as he was service personnel of the Indian Navy. He was a boxing coach and a very respected figure in the Indian Navy. A movie inspired by his life is said to be in the making. The movie starring Shahid Kapoor, to be directed by Raja Krishna Menon is expected to be released by 2022.
Dingko Singh Age
He was born on January 1, 1979, in a remote village called Sekta in the Imphal East District, Manipur, and died on June 10, 2021. He was 47.
Dingko Singh Family
He was born to a very poor family. He had to fight back adversities from the beginning of his life and was brought up in an orphanage.
Dingko Singh Death
He died of cancer on Thursday, June 10, 2021, after a long battle with liver cancer. He had been fighting the disease since 2017. “Shri Dingko Singh was a sporting superstar, an outstanding boxer who earned several laurels and also contributed to furthering the popularity of boxing. Saddened by his passing away. Condolences to his family and admirers. Om Shanti”, the prime minister tweeted.
Dingko Singh Cause of Death
The cause of his death is liver cancer.
Dingko Singh Height
He stood at a height of 5 feet 3 inches (1.63 m ) tall.