Who was Dingko Singh?
Master Chief Petty Officer Dingko Singh born on 1 January 1979 was an Indian boxer who won the gold medal at 1998 Asian Games in Bangkok. He was from the North-eastern Indian state of Manipur. He was awarded the Padma Shri by Government of India in 2013.
Dingko Singh Death
Dingko Singh died on Thursday after a long battle with liver cancer. He was 42 and 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.” PM Modi Tweeted.
“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. RIP Dinko,” Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju tweeted.
“My sincerest condolences on this loss May his life’s journey & struggle forever remain a source inspiration for the upcoming generations. I pray that the bereaved family finds the strength to overcome this period of grief & mourning #dinkosingh,” tweeted India’s first Olympic-medallist in boxing Vijender Singh.
Dingko Singh Biopic, Biodata, Wiki
Dingko Singh was born on 1 January 1979 in a remote village called Sekta in the Imphal East District, Manipur to a very poor family. Dingko had to fight back adversities right since the beginning of his life, and was brought up in an orphanage.
Dingko’s talent, efforts and training began paying off when he won the Sub Junior National Boxing Championship in 1989 at Ambala at a 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 was selected for the Indian Boxing squad participating in the Bangkok Asian Games 1998. For unknown reasons he was dropped from the team at the last minutes 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 pinnacle of his career as he created history by winning the Gold Medal in the 54 kg Bantamweight category.
Dingko did not go professional unlike other boxers as he was a service personnel of the Indian Navy. He was a boxing coach and a very respected figure in the Indian Navy.
Dingko Singh Biopic 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 go on floors by 2022.
Dingko Singh Awards & Honors
To commemorate his excellence in the sport of Boxing, and his extraordinary contribution to the nation by his consistent efforts and dedication, Dingko Singh 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.
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