Imphal: Former Asian Games champion and Indian boxer Ngangom Dingko Singh, known as Dingko Singh to his fans, who died of cancer on Thursday morning, was laid to rest at Sekta village in Imphal East district. He was 42.

Dingko Singh became a household name in Manipur the rest of India after he won a gold medal at the 1998 Bangkok Asian Games.

The news of the demise of the boxing legend from Manipur has left a huge vacuum in the sports fraternity, especially among the country’s boxing fans. 

An Arjuna and Padma Shri awardee, Dingko was not only a champion in the ring but also a true fighter and had been battling ill-health since 2017. 

In 2020, he was airlifted to New Delhi and underwent radiation therapy at the Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences (ILBS) after a relapse of liver cancer that he successfully overcame three years ago.

Last year, he had also tested positive for COVID-19, but he recovered.

Despite facing adversities early in his life and being brought up in an orphanage, Dingko’s achievements and contributions to the sports fraternity by becoming the first Indian to win the gold at Asian Games are immense and worth remembering.

It is a known fact that the former international boxer inspired generations of boxers in Manipur and beyond during his short lifetime.

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