Pugilist Dingko passes away, PM mourns

Imphal: Asian gold medalist iconic boxer from Manipur N. Dingko Singh passed away on Thursday after a long battle with liver cancer.

Dingko was 42. He had been fighting the disease since 2017. He is survived by his wife Babai Ngangom, a son and a daughter.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted on Thursday, “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.”

“I’m shocked and deeply saddened by the demise of Shri N Dingko Singh earlier in the morning today. A Padma Shri awardee, Dingko 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,” Biren posted on his Facebook wall.

Dingko Singh (January 1, 1979 –June 10, 2021) won the gold medal at 1998 Asian Games in Bangkok. He was bestowed the Arjuna award the same year. He was awarded the Padma Shri in 2013.

“I’m deeply saddened by the demise of Shri Dingko Singh. One of the finest boxers India has ever produced, Dinko’s gold medal at 1998 Bangkok Asian Games sparked the Boxing chain reaction in India. I extend my sincere condolences to the bereaved family,” sports minister Kiren Rijiju twitted.

“You were a true hero of our nation. You leave but your legacy will live among us,” Mary Kom twitted.

Dingko served the Indian Navy. He had taken to coaching at Imphal’s Sports Authority of India Centre.

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