Asian Games gold medalist boxer Ngangom Dingko Singh passes away
New Delhi: Ngangom Dinko Singh, the bantamweight boxer who won the Asian Games gold in the 1998 edition in Bangkok, passed away in Thursday.
He was 42.
Dingko was battling ill-health for a number of years now, starting with liver cancer, for which he was being treated since 2017.
Last year, he had tested positive for Covid-19, adding another one to the health challenges he was already battling. But the 41-year-old fought through and recovered.
Dingko had undergone radiation therapy at the Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences (ILBS), Delhi in January 2020 before returning to Imphal. When his condition worsened in April, Dingko was airlifted to the same hospital before being discharged. He had also contracted jaundice.
He was bestowed the Arjuna award in 1998 and was presented the nation’s fourth-highest civilian honour — the Padma Shri — in 2013.
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,” Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju tweeted.