Asian Games gold medalist former boxer Dinko Singh passes away

Asian Games gold medalist former boxer Dinko Singh passes away

New Delhi: Asian Games gold medalist and Indian boxer Dinko Singh passed away on Thursday after a prolonged battle with liver cancer. He was 42 years old and was battling the disease since 2017. He is survived by wife Babai Ngangom and a son and daughter. Apart from being suffering from cancer, the bantamweight (54kg weight category) boxer had also been infected with Kovid-19 last year and was also suffering from jaundice.

Boxer Vikas Krishnan, who is gearing up for the Olympics, said, "We have lost a legend." Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju tweeted, "I am deeply saddened by the passing away of Shri Dinko Singh. He was one of the best boxers of India. Dinko's gold medal won at the 1998 Bangkok Asian Games sparked a boxing revolution in India. I express my deepest condolences to the bereaved family. May his soul rest in peace.' 

This superstar from Manipur won his first national title (Sub Junior) at the age of 10. He was the first star boxer of Indian boxing whose Asian Games gold medal inspired many to join the sport including six-time world champion MC Mary Kom. 

Mary Kom said, 'He was a rockstar, a legend, a warrior. I remember standing in a queue to watch his match in Manipur. He inspired me. He was my hero. This is a huge loss. He left too soon. 

Dinko was considered a fearless boxer. He defeated two Olympic medalists Sontaya Wangprates of Thailand and Taimur Tulyakov of Uzbekistan on his way to a gold medal at the Baikok Asian Games, a feat for an Indian boxer at the time. Interestingly, he was not selected in the opening squad for the games and was picked up after registering a protest. 

India's first Olympic medalist boxer Vijender Singh tweeted, 'My heartfelt condolences on this loss. His life and struggle will always be a source of inspiration for future generations. I pray to God to give strength to the bereaved family to overcome this time of sorrow and grief. Dingko won the gold medal at the Asian Games in 1998 and was awarded the Arjuna Award in the same year. He was awarded the Padma Shri in 2013 for his contribution to sports. 

Dinko, who served in the Indian Navy, became a coach after retiring from boxing. He used to coach at the Sports Authority of India's Imphal center but was later confined to his home due to illness. He was brought to Delhi last year to undergo the necessary radiation therapy for cancer. Due to jaundice, his therapy could not be done. He was sent back to Imphal but got infected with Kovid-19 on his return home. Due to which he had to spend a month in the hospital. After recovering from the illness, he said, 'It was not easy but I told myself, if you want to fight, you have to fight. I was not ready to give up. No one should give up. 

This England fast bowler said - remove the ICC 'soft signal' rule

This England fast bowler said - remove the ICC 'soft signal' rule

Birmingham: Veteran England pacer Stuart Broad wants the ICC to do away with the 'soft signal' rule as it does not live up to expectations and leaves match officials in a dire situation. Broad said this after the controversial decision involving New Zealand batsman Devon Conway in the second Test. Broad believed Conway was caught by Jacques Crowley at slip for 22. The on-field umpire left the decision to TV umpire Michael Gough who softly signaled not out.

Conway took full advantage of the opportunity and scored 80 runs to put New Zealand in a strong position. Broad said before the third day's play that you can understand from our reaction on the field that we thought he was out. Jacques felt the ball had landed in his hand and saw Joe Root at first slip and James Brassie behind the wicket who were a yard away from it. He knew that the ball was in his hand.

But it is not the fault of the umpires who are 40 yards away, he said. This rule has made their position difficult. Broad appealed to the ICC to look into this and take necessary measures. If you look at the positive and negative aspects of this rule, the negative is more. I think this is a bad rule and ICC should remove it without waiting for the next meeting.

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