Chandigarh : Legendary Indian sprinter Milkha Singh has died from post-Covid complications. He was 91. The death comes 5 days following his wife Nirmal’s demise after battling the virus.
Milkha Singh turned Covid-positive on 19 May. Asymptomatic, Singh remained in home isolation at this Chandigarh residence initially but was shifted to ICU of Fortis hospital after developing “Covid pneumonia” from where he was later shifted to Post Graduate Insitute of Medical Education and Research(PGIMER).
“It is with extreme sadness that we would like to inform you that Milkha Sing Ji passed away at 11.30 pm on the 18th of June 2021,” a family statement read.
Popularly referred to as the “Flying Sikh”, Milkha Singh made history on tracks winning four gold medals at the Asian Games. He also won Gold at the 1958 Commonwealth Games in Cardiff. At Olympic, where the medal eluded by hair’s breadth, Milkha Singh finished fourth at the 400m finals of the 1960 Rome Games, completing the race in atime of 45.73 -- a record that remain unbeaten for 40 until Paramjeet Singh surpassed it in 1998. Milkha Singh has also participated in Olympics of 1956 and 1964. He was conferred Padma Sri in 1959- India’s fourth-highest civilian honour.