Indian boxer Dingko Singh recovers after contracting COVID-19

The 41-year-old former Asian Games champion is being treated for liver cancer too.

By Subhayan Dutta

Former India bantamweight boxer and Asian Games gold medallist Dingko Singh has recovered from COVID-19 and is currently back at his home in Imphal.

The 41-year-old athlete, who is also suffering from a liver cancer relapse, has endured a torrid month of hectic travelling and treatment.

After India’s boxing fraternity helped Dingko Singh reach Delhi via air ambulance service in April, the former boxer was diagnosed with jaundice and had to travel back 2,400 km by road. Upon reaching Imphal, he tested positive for COVID-19.

“I tested positive five times during my stay in hospital,” Dingko Singh told the Press Trust of India news agency.

“It was very traumatising because I would see people, who came after me, leave before me. But somehow, I kept going thanks to the doctors and nurses.

“It was a very difficult one month,” the Arjuna awardee added.

Boxing Federation of India (BFI) chief Ajay Singh, who is also the Chairman and Managing Director of SpiceJet, had earlier played a significant role in helping the boxer reach the capital city.

Dingko Singh not only thanked him but was also grateful to the national federation for regularly checking on him in what has been a testing time for Padma Shri awardee.

“I am isolated on the top floor of my house here (Imphal) but I am just so happy to be back home,” he added.

“Everyone is celebrating, people from my village came to give their good wishes. I couldn’t meet them, but I am happy they cared.”

Dingko Singh

With his jaundice now under control as well, Dingko Singh will be looking to get his radiation therapy treatment next, although travelling to Delhi, a COVID-19 hotspot, is not in his immediate plans.

“I don’t want to hear about Delhi for some time. I have gone through so much there,” Dingko Singh said.

“I will come for a check-up but that will be later. For now, I am just overwhelmed by a feeling of relief,” he added.

The former Navy boxer, who inspired six-time world champion Mary Kom to take up boxing, has been battling with liver cancer since 2017.