Imphal,June 10-The traditional burial service of Former Asian Games gold medallist boxer Ngangom Dingko Singh was held in presence of the family members, relatives and the locals in their mourning attire within the premises of their native place at Sekta, 25 km north of Imphal at around 9 am today. Former world boxing champion L Sarita and others were also present during the event.
The boxing legend passed away after his prolonged illness at his residence in Imphal East district in the wee hours of Thursday. He was 42 and he is survived by his wife, a son and a daughter.
An outstanding boxer the country had ever produced, Dingko was battling liver cancer and underwent a procedure after he was diagnosed with the disease in 2016. A major surgery was even conducted at an Institute in Delhi in January, 2017.Since then he was on his annual treatment cycle.
According to boxer Dingko's wife Babai who had been monitoring her husband's health after their last treatment, the boxing legend continued to impart training to the boxing loving youths in the locality at their courtyard till he breathed last. "In reality he was so weak, but he gives training as if he was strong once he puts on his gloves," she said.
Dingko became a household name in Manipur when he returned with a Gold medal in bantamweight from Bangkok Asian Games in Thailand in 1998. He was conferred the Arjuna Award in 1998 in recognition of his achievement. He also got the prestigious Padma Shri Award in 2013. The then government in Manipur had even named a road in Imphal as Dingko road. He was serving as a coach at SAI, Imphal after he left Chief petty officer's service in Indian Navy in mid-nineties.