Former Asian Games champion and Indian boxer Ngangom Dingko Singh passed away at the age of 42 after fighting a long battle with liver cancer on Thursday.

Dingko Singh, who once served in the Indian Navy, 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 of boxing.

Dingko had taken to coaching boxers after hanging up his gloves. An Arjuna and Padma Shri awardee, Dingko was not only a champion in the ring but also a true fighter and had been battling ill-health since 2017.

The news of his demise has deeply saddened his close ones and admirers, especially in the boxing fraternity.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter to pay his tribute to the late Indian boxer and wrote, “saddened by his passing away. Condolences to his family and admirers. Om Shanti.”

Remembering Dignko’s international recognitions and achievements, Union Minister of sports, Kiren Rijiju tweeted, “I extend my sincere condolences to the bereaved family. RIP Dinko.”

Mary Kom called Dingko Singh a “true hero” of the nation and tweeted that his legacy will love on.

 Indian boxer Vijender Singh too offered his condolences through Twitter and reminds everyone of the late Dinkgo Singh’s journey and struggles.

The Indian navy also took to Twitter to remember his contributions as service personnel and a remarkable boxer who made the nation proud.

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