Asian Games gold medal-winning former boxer Dingko Singh (42) passed away on Thursday after a long battle with liver cancer. He had been fighting the disease for the last four years.
“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,” Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju 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 1998 Bangkok Asian Games sparked the Boxing chain reaction in India. I extend my sincere condolences to the bereaved family. RIP Dinko🙏 pic.twitter.com/MCcuMbZOHM
— Kiren Rijiju (@KirenRijiju) June 10, 2021
He had been through radiation therapy at a Delhi hospital in January 2020 before returning to his residence in Imphal. Dingko Singh had to sell off his house to raise money for his treatment in the national capital. Former India cricketer Gautam Gambhir then stepped forward and helped him financially.
Dingko was airlifted to the same hospital three months later when his condition worsened but was discharged. Ajay Singh, Boxing Federation of India president, offered help. Flying during a nationwide lockdown with airlines closed took several huge steps. It required letters from doctors at the Delhi hospital as to why the treatment was needed.
It required both him and his wife Ngangom Babai Devi to take Covid-19 tests. In his time of need, several boxers Dingko Singh inspired came together to help him. Vijender Singh and Commonwealth Games medalist Manoj Kumar had also raised funds for his treatment. He had contracted jaundice later. The Manipur-based former boxer was also affected with COVID-19 in May last year.
“My sincerest condolences on this loss May his life’s journey & struggle forever remain a source of inspiration for the upcoming generations. I pray that the bereaved family finds the strength to overcome this period of grief & mourning #dinkosingh,” tweeted India’s first Olympic-medallist in boxing Vijender Singh.
My sincerest condolences on this loss May his life’s journey & struggle forever remain a source inspiration for the upcoming generations. I pray that the bereaved family finds the strength to overcome this period of grief & mourning 🙏🏽 #dinkosingh
— Vijender Singh (@boxervijender) June 10, 2021
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. pic.twitter.com/oVLt9gZJaG
— N.Biren Singh (@NBirenSingh) June 10, 2021
Dingko won the Asian Games gold in 1998 and was bestowed the Arjuna award the same year. In 2013, he was honoured with the Padma Shri for his contribution to the sport.
He had taken to coaching after hanging up his gloves. Dingko Singh was considered to be one of the best boxers that India produced.
In 2018, it was announced that his life will be portrayed on the big screen and Shahid Kapoor will essay his character.
The demise of very young N Dingko Singh, an Asian Games gold medalist in boxing, has left me deeply pained. Hailing from Manipur, Padma Shri Dingko inspired a generation of boxers from the North East.
My heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family at this irreparable loss. pic.twitter.com/rMM2Ce7yxH
— Himanta Biswa Sarma (@himantabiswa) June 10, 2021
Deeply anguished by the passing away of one of the finest boxers of India, Asian Games Gold Medalist, Padma Shri #DingkoSingh.
He brought laurels with his exceptional boxing performances.
He will continue to inspire generations to come.#RIPDingkoSingh
Om Shanti.🙏 pic.twitter.com/vJR44fntzV
— Lalitendu Bidyadhar Mohapatra (@LalitenduBJP) June 10, 2021
Sad to learn about the death of Asian Games gold medalist boxer N. Dingko Singh.
A Padma Shri awardee, Dingko Singh was one of the most outstanding boxers.
My thoughts and prayers with the family in this hour of grief.
Om Shanti🙏 pic.twitter.com/pGWW20xX2n
— Harsh Sanghavi (@sanghaviharsh) June 10, 2021