Imphal: Former Asian Games boxing gold medalist Ngangom Dingko Singh from Manipur tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday, said a senior government official.
According to the official, he was among the five persons detected positive for novel coronavirus earlier on Sunday. The former boxer belongs to the village named Sekta in Imphal East district.
His sample was tested along with the four other samples at VRDL at Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) Hospital in Imphal.
He has been admitted at COVID-19 care facility at RIMS for observation and he is stable, said the official.
The 41-year-old former ace boxer had recently returned from Delhi by an ambulance after he underwent a radiation therapy session at the Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences (ILBS) in Delhi amid COVID-19 pandemic lockdown.
On April 25, ailing Dingko was airlifted by a special SpiceJet air ambulance to the national capital for liver cancer treatment on April 26 by the Boxing Federation of India (BFI), as per reports.
Dingko, who is battling a relapse for liver cancer since earlier this year, had undergone complete course of chemotherapy three years ago.
In 1998, following his win at the Asian Games in Bangkok in the 54 kg bantamweight category, Dingko was awarded an Arjuna Award. And in 2013, he was conferred the Padma Shri Award.
As on May 31, the total number of confirmed cases for COVID-19 rose to 71 after five new cases were detected, three from Ukhrul and one each from Noney and Imphal East districts.
Meanwhile, on Sunday, four women COVID-19 patients – two from Thoubal and one each from Churachandpur and Kamjong districts- were discharged from JNIMS and RIMS Hospitals after recovery.
Now, the total number of active COVID-19 cases in Manipur stands at 60.