Early life of Dingko Singh
Singh was born in the year 1979 on 1st January in a distant village in Manipur to a very poor family. He faced many difficulties in his young age, and has to fight back many adversaries at the beginning. He was brought up in an orphanage.
Career of Dingko Singh National Boxing
The hidden talent of Dingko was identified by the trainers at a scheme started by Sports Authority of India known as Special Area Games. His consistent dedication and hard work paid off when he won the Sub Junior National Boxing Championship in 1989 at Ambala when he was just 10 years old. This achievement made him popular and helped him come to the forefront.
His debut at the international boxing arena was made in the year 1997, and saw him win the King's Cup in the same year that took place in Bangkok. Apart from the win, he was also declared the best boxer of the meet.
The Golden Opportunity
He was picked up for boxing team-taking part in Bangkok Asian Games 1998, though not many were expecting him to be successful. However, the event turned out to be very successful for Dingko as he created history by winning the Gold Medal in the 54 kg Bantamweight category of the Boxing event at the Bangkok Asian Games 1998.
Journey to Gold
In his way to the gold medal, Dingko Singh stunned all and sundry by winning against Wong Prages Sontaya, (who was world number 3 during that time), an excellent Boxer from Thailand in the Semi Final Match.
Best moment for Dingko arrived when he won against well-known Boxer from Uzbekistan, Timur Tulyakov in the Final Match of the Bangkok Asian Games 1998. During that time Dingko was ranked number 5 in the world 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 extraordinary.
During the course of the match, he proved to be far better than his opponent was.
Awards and Honours Received by Dingko Singh
• He won the King's Cup in 1997 at Bangkok.
• Won the gold medal for Asian Games in 1998 Bangkok Games Ngangim Dingko Singh
• As a result of his tremendous contribution in the sport of boxing, and making the game popular in India, Dingko Singh was honoured with Arjuna Award in the year 1998.
• This Manipur boxer, one of the biggest proponents of boxing in India has been awarded Padma Shri Award in 2013 by the Government of India.