February 8th, 2017
Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir has come out in support of 1998 Asian Games gold medallist Dingko Singh, who has been suffering from bile duct cancer and after going through Chemotherapy on Tuesday at Imphal, it was brought to light that 70% of his liver has been removed.
When Gambhir heard this news, he quickly came to his rescue and also quoted that although Dingko Singh is a champion at the ’98 Asian Games and is an awardee of the prestigious Arjuna Award and Padma Shri; there were many other ways on how as a country could look after him. He also mentioned that he would not like to publicise or advertise about what he did.
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Earlier to this, Singh was receiving treatment at Delhi and had spent over 10 lacs for his treatment. Due to financial instability, it was reported that Singh had sold some of his properties, including his house over the course of his treatment and thereby Singh shall be moving to their ancestral house which is an hour’s drive from Imphal.
When Vijender Singh came to know about this, he was shocked to know about the tragedy and wished Dingko for his speedy recovery. “I just came back yesterday night and to hear about Dingko was really shocking. He is a hero and a rockstar. I know him and he inspired me to become a boxer,” he said.
Sports Minister Vijay Goel has pledged all support to Dingko but by then it was too late for the announcement and Dingko had been shifted to Imphal.
Dingko Singh is an Indian pugilist who was born and brought up in a poor family in Lamlong, a remote area in Imphal district. He has survived in extreme poverty after he was brought up in an orphanage. The boxer faced such situations since childhood that it engraved in him an instinct which made him the most feared sportsperson in Indian boxing circle. He won gold at the 1998 Asian Games and was awarded the Arjuna Award in 1998 and Padma Shri in 2013.