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Dingko Singh, Asian Games Gold Medallist Boxer passes away at age-42

By Saima Siddiqui 
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New Delhi: Asian Games gold medalist and India’s former boxing champion, Dingko Singh, 42, died on Thursday after a long battle with liver cancer. He had been fighting the disease since 2017.

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Paying tribute to the sportsman, Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter and expressed his grief, “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,” PM Modi tweeted.

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“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 wrote in his tweet.

The Manipur-based former boxer endured a long battle with cancer and even fought COVID-19 last year.

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“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,” tweeted India’s first Olympic-medallist in boxing Vijender Singh.

The boxing champion, 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 – the fourth highest civilian award – for his contribution to the sport.

Dingko, who was employed with Navy, had taken to coaching after hanging up his gloves.

Inspired by his life journey, a biopic based on Dingko Singh is reportedly in the making with Bollywood actor Shahid Kapoor playing him. The movie, which is reportedly helmed by Raja Krishna Menon, is expected to release sometime in 2022.

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