Dingko Singh won the gold medal at the Asian Games in 1998.© PTI
Former boxer Dingko Singh, who won a gold medal at the Asian Games, died Thursday after a long battle with liver cancer. He was 42 years old and has been battling the disease since 2017. “I am very pleased with the demise of Shri Dingko Singh. Although produced by one of India’s best boxers, Dinko’s gold medal at the 1998 Bangkok Asian Games sparked the Boxing chain. The reaction in India. I extend my sincere condolences to the comfortable family. RIP Dinko,” tweeted Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju du.
The disappearance of Shri Dingko Singh makes me feel very sad. Produced by one of India’s best boxers. Dinko’s 1998 gold medal at the Bangkok Asian Games sparked a boxing chain reaction in India. I offer my sincere condolences to the comfortable family. RIP Dinko pic.twitter.com/MCcuMbZOHM
– Kiren Rijiju (@KirenRijiju) June 10, 2021
The former Manipur boxer suffered a long battle with cancer and last year also faced COVID-19.
“My sincere condolences for this loss may continue to be a lifelong source of inspiration for his life’s journey and struggle for future generations. I pray that the comforted family will have the strength to overcome the #dinkosingh of this time of pain and mourning,” tweeted India’s first Olympic boxing winner Vijender Singh.
My sincere condolences for this loss may continue to be a source of eternal inspiration for his life’s journey and struggle for generations to come. I pray that the fallen family will find the strength to overcome this period of pain and mourning #dinkosingh
– Vijender Singh (@boxervijender) June 10, 2021
Dingko won gold at the Asian Games in 1998 and was awarded the Arjuna Prize the same year. In 2013, he was awarded the Padma Shri for his contribution to the sport.
Dingko, who worked with the Army, worked as a coach after hanging up his gloves.
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