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Dingko Singh
Dingko displays his gold medal during the awarding ceremony for the 54kg class boxing final in the 13th Asian Games.
Personal information
Full nameNgangom Dingko Singh
Nationality India
Born(1979-01-01)1 January 1979
Manipur, India
Died10 June 2021(2021-06-10) (aged 42)
Weight54 kg (119 lb)
Military career
Allegiance India
Service/branch Indian Navy
Rank Master Chief Petty Officer 1st Class
AwardsPadma Shri
Arjuna Award
Weight classBantamweight
Medal record
Representing  India
Asian Games
Gold medal – first place 1998 Bangkok Bantamweight

Master Chief Petty Officer Ngangom Dingko Singh (1 January 1979 – 10 June 2021)[1] 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.[2] He was awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India in 2013.[3][4][5]


Ngangom Dingko Singh, commonly known as 'Dingko Singh' was an Indian boxer. He is considered to have been one of the most outstanding boxers India ever produced. He won the King's Cup in Bangkok in 1997 and the Asian Games gold in the 1998 Bangkok Games. He was a service personnel of the Indian Navy.

Early life

He 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 from the beginning of his life, and was brought up in an orphanage.

National Boxing

The trainers at a Special Area Games Scheme initiated by the Sports Authority of India identified the hidden talents of Dingko during the assessment camp from Dec. 1990 to Jan. 1991 at Khuman Lampak, Imphal. He was inducted at SAI SAG Khuman Lampak, Imphal w.e.f. 12 Feb. 1991 and trained under the guidance of Boxing coach Shri. Leishangthem Ibomcha Singh. In the same year, 20-26 Nov. 1991, in his debut at National level championship, he won gold medal in the 7th Sub. Jr. National Boxing Championship in the age group 12 years (E-2) at Ambala. This achievement brought Dingko into the eyes of the selectors and coaches, who began to see him as a promising boxing star of India .[6]

International Boxing

He made his debut into the arena of international boxing in 1997, and won the King's cup 1997 held at Bangkok, Thailand. Apart from winning the tournament, Dingko Singh was also declared the best boxer of the meet. He also represented India at the 1998 Asian Games and at the 2000 Summer Olympics.

The Golden Opportunity

He was selected for the Indian boxing squad which participated at the Asian Games in Bangkok in 1998. For unknown reasons he was dropped from the team at the last minute 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.

The Journey to Gold

In his journey to the gold, Dingko achieved a major upset by defeating Wong Prages Sontaya, an excellent boxer from Thailand in the semifinal match. Wong was the boxer in the World boxer at oin that class at the time, and Dingko's victory surprised everybody, the whole nation now expected something special from him.

The Golden Moment

One of the most glorious moments in the boxing event of the Bangkok Asian Games of 1998 arrived when Dingko fought the well known boxer from Uzbekistan, Timur Tulyakov in the final match. At that time, Timur held the No. 5 ranking in the division in the world. Dingko 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 impressive. During the match, he proved to be far better than his opponent, and Timur had to retire after the fourth round of the fight.

Awards and 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 Arjuna Award in 1998 and later with the Padma Shri Award, the country's fourth-highest civilian award, in 2013.


He died, on Thursday 10 June 2021, after a long battle with liver cancer as well as post COVID-19 complications.[7] He had been fighting the disease since 2017.[8]

Personal life

Dingko did not go professional like 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.


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 be released by 2022.[9]


  1. ^ "Indian Asian Games gold medallist Dingko Singh dies aged 42". Retrieved 10 June 2021.
  2. ^ S. Rifaquat, Ali (13 November 1999). "India's most volatile pugilist". The Tribune. Retrieved 20 November 2009.
  3. ^ "Padma Awards Announced" (Press release). Ministry of Home Affairs. 25 January 2013. Retrieved 27 January 2013.
  4. ^ "Dingko Singh, Asian Games gold-winning boxer, dies after long battle with cancer". The Indian Express. 10 June 2021. Retrieved 10 June 2021.
  5. ^ "A Supernova called Dingko Singh: Olympic gold medalist passes away". The Economic Times. 10 June 2021. Retrieved 10 June 2021.
  6. ^ "Dingko Singh raised in an orphanage to asian games gold". KhelKhiladi. 29 April 2020. Archived from the original on 17 June 2020. Retrieved 2 September 2020.
  7. ^ "Asian Games gold medalist boxer Ngangom Dingko Singh dies after recovering from Covid-19".
  8. ^ "Asian Games gold medalist boxer Ngangom Dingko Singh dies after recovering from Covid-19". India Today. 10 June 2021. Retrieved 10 June 2021.
  9. ^ "Shahid Kapoor to portray boxing hero Dingko Singh on screen - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 30 August 2018.
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