Former legendary Indian pugilist Dingko Singh, an Asian Games gold medalist died on Thursday after a long struggle with liver cancer, according to PTI.
The 42-year-old Manipur-based boxer had been battling liver cancer since 2017. He was diagnosed with Covid-19 in May 2020 which he managed to overcome.
Dingko won a gold medal in the 54 kg division at the 1998 Bangkok Asian Games. He was presented with the Arjuna Awards for Outstanding Performance in Sports and Games that year.
"I'm shocked and deeply saddened by the demise of Shri N Dingko Singh earlier in the morning today. A Padma Shri awardee, Dingko Singh was one of the most outstanding boxers Manipur has ever produced. My sincere condolences to the bereaved family. May his soul rest in peace," Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh tweeted.
"I'm deeply saddened by the demise of Shri Dingko Singh. One of the finest boxers India has ever produced, Dinko's gold medal at the 1998 Bangkok Asian Games sparked the Boxing chain reaction in India. I extend my sincere condolences to the bereaved family. RIP Dinko," tweeted union sports minister Kiren Rijiju.
"Shri Dingko Singh was a sporting superstar, an outstanding boxer who earned several laurels and also contributed to furthering the popularity of boxing. Saddened by his passing away. Condolences to his family and admirers. Om Shanti," tweeted PM Modi.
Many others including Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma and Indian Boxers Vijender Singh and MC Mary Kom condoled the demise of the legendary boxer.
Dingko not only won medals for India throughout his renowned career, but he also served as an inspiration to many generations of boxers, including the renowned Mary Kom, Sarita Laishram, and Vijender Singh.
Before being ill and being confined to his home in Imphal, he was a member of the Indian Navy and also worked as a coach.
Dingko Singh was also a recipient of the prestigious Padma Shree award in 2013.
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