Bengaluru, Feb 2: This has been a different ring for him. He did not expect that he would have to fight against such a deadly enemy.
Gold medal winner boxer in the Bangkok Asian Games in 1998, Dingko Singh has been fighting against liver cancer for almost last one year.
Almost seventy percent of Dingko's liver has already been affected. He has been staying in New Delhi for last one year.
The former Indian boxer's struggle is not only against the dreadful disease but also against the financial crunch.
Dingko when contacted in his New Delhi’s temporary residence, lamented saying: “After having won the gold in Bangkok Asian games the state government in Manipur awarded me a small apartment in Imphal.
"But I had to sell it recently to maintain my treatment. I have already spent around Rs 10 lakh for my treatment.
"Boxing Federation of India had given me Rs 45 thousand and my employer, Sports Authority of India (SAI) Imphal also had helped me by donating around Rs 55 thousand. Still, I need a lot of money to get cured.”
One of Dingko’s well wishers in New Delhi has allowed him to stay in his house free of cost. One of his students, prominent female boxer L Sarita Devi has also promised to organise finance for her former coach.
Sarita Devi who won her first professional bout in Imphal this week, said on Wednesday: “It is anguishing for me to hear about my former coach.
"He trained me for a long time before the Incheon Asian Games in 2014. I will try my best to organise some money for his treatment.”
Dingko’s wife is also staying with her husband. She also regretted saying: “We do not know how we will undergo his treatment further as we require at least a few lakhs of rupees more. Still we are trying to manage the amount.”
Dingko, however, seemed optimistic. He still hopes to get cured and resume coaching in his village.
The 38-year old boxer remarked: “I dream of training the kids in my village again. I have a belief that I will get cured and go back to my village to resume training.”