Boxing : Asian games gold medallist Dingko Singh test positive for Covid19

Asian Games gold medal-winning former boxer Dingko Singh, who is already battling liver cancer, has tested positive for COVID-19, a source close to him told PTI on Sunday.

The 41-year-old was flown to the national capital earlier this month to undergo radiation therapy and had returned to his home state Manipur after being diagnosed with jaundice once again.

“He was negative when he left from Delhi but has tested positive on his return to Manipur,” the source told PTI.

Dingko Singh was recently in Delhi for cancer treatment but undertook a 2,400-km journey to return home to Manipur by road. He had earlier been airlifted to the national capital thanks to the efforts made by the Boxing Federation of India (BFI).

Dingko was scheduled for a radiotherapy much earlier in Delhi but the process was delayed due to the lockdown in India announced on March 25.

Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju had requested the Manipur government to take stock of the boxer’s condition and extend all possible help for his treatment at the nearest available medical facility. Dingko, an Arjuna and Padma Shri awardee, is battling a relapse of liver cancer. The Manipuri was a swashbuckling bantamweight boxer and won the Asian Games gold in the 1998 edition in Bangkok.

With Manipur lacking facilities for radiation therapy, the other option for Dingko’s treatment was in Guwahati.