Flying Sikh Succumbs to COVID-19 Complications, Following Wife’s Recent Demise
In a heart-wrenching turn of events, Milkha Singh, the renowned sprinter and 1958 Commonwealth Games champion, has left us at the age of 91. After contracting COVID-19, Singh fought bravely for a month before succumbing to the virus on Friday night. The news follows the recent demise of his wife, Nirmal Milkha Singh, at the age of 85.
Singh was readmitted days after getting discharged
Singh had been discharged on May 30 but was readmitted to the Nehru Hospital Extension at PGIMER on June 3 as his oxygen levels began to decline. Despite testing negative for COVID-19 on Thursday, he was moved from the COVID ICU to the medical ICU at PGIMER. The virus had taken a toll on the athlete’s health, leading to this tragic outcome.
He battled covid 19 virus for 30 days before succumbing to its complications
Milkha Singh, a four-time Olympian who represented India in the 1956 and 1964 Olympics, will be remembered as an inspiring sports personality who brought glory to the nation. His illustrious career included winning multiple medals and setting records in various competitions. In recognition of his achievements, he was honored with the Padma Shri in 1959.
The entire sports fraternity, along with millions of fans, mourns the loss of the Flying Sikh. Milkha Singh’s legacy will forever remain etched in the annals of Indian athletics, inspiring generations to come.
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