That madness, or streak of genius, if you'd like to call it, was what produced champion boxers like Dingko Singh, M.C. Mary Kom, Suranjoy Singh, Devendro Singh and Sarita Devi in the years to come. No wonder Ibomcha enjoyed a demi-god status in the state even now.
Suprita Das is a journalist with NDTV, where she has been reporting and writing on sport for over a decade.
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