As Dingko punched his opponents showing a splendid performance on his
way to achieve his (goal) gold in the Bangkok Asiad, there was a huge
web of appreciation of the star boxer and a big 'punch' to
Ministry of Sports, Govt of India from all section all over India. Is
there any Manipuri who wouldn't feel to be at home to join the
celebration of Dingko's success? One thing about the Manipuris, if I
have to tell, is every Manipuri has the spirit of game in any kind of
sport. One must notice how the people of Manipur love sports like
anything -anybody does anything whatever he/she can for sports- to put it
plainly. For example, I have seen even our own women vendors in the
market giving fruits like banana, oranges to our Manipuri players so
lovingly that they give blessings with their hands. It's really
fascinating to see, at the end of or during the Holy, the number of
marathon runners and helpers -ordinary passers by or local people-
giving ices, water, toffees and like. And some of them are sometimes
are so young that they even don't know how far they have to run.
Everybody cheers to any kind of sport. Sometimes the spirit of game
takes the people to such an extent that they do not sleep whole night
just to see the world cup football or olympic hockey semi-final when
Nilakamal, Thoiba and like were playing with their hearts out.
It is rare to see the 'sport-culture' in any other country or rest of India
that has rooted to the very hearts of the people of Manipur.
The culture of charity shows, tambola games, seeking money from the
office goers just to send some players abroad, or set up a tournament
are the few examples. The point is that everybody does
everything however small for the sake of sports. But how far we can
push our sports and players to reach the international level in these
fashion is the question. The answer is not simple.