Blog by: Suryakant Tripathi
Dingko Singh came into the limelight after winning the King’s Cup in 1997 in Bangkok. The Manipur lad was declared the best boxer at the meet. Dingko was initially dropped from the 1998 Bangkok Asian Games boxing contingent, but later inducted.
He beat World No. 3 Thailand boxer Wong Prages Sontaya in the semifinals, which many considered a big upset. The Indian proved that he could go all the way when he clinched gold in the final beating Timur Tulyakov of Uzbekistan.
Dingko had moved to 51 Kg category from 54 Kg just a few months before the Bangkok Asiad.
Arjuna award – 1998
Padma Shri – 2013
lian honour of the Padma Shri in 2016.