Veteran Indian sprinter Milkha Singh on Friday died because of post-Covid complexities. He was being treated at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research. The 91-year-old had tested positive for COVID-19 on May 19 yet was in home isolation at his Chandigarh home subsequent to uncovering that he was asymptomatic. Although, a couple of days after on May 24, the veteran athlete was admitted to the ICU of Mohali’s Fortis hospital because of “Coronavirus pneumonia”. He was then moved to PGIMER in Chandigarh on June 3.
He died just five days after his wide Nirmal also died due to post-Covid complexities.
“It is with extreme sadness that we would like to inform you that Milkha Singh Ji passed away at 11.30 pm. on the 18th of June 2021,” his family announced.
“He fought hard but God has his ways and it was perhaps true love and companionship that both our mother Nirmal ji and now Dad have passed away in a matter of 5 days,” the family stated further
He “was treated for Covid there till 13th June when after putting up a valiant battle with Covid, Milkha Singh Ji tested negative,” the hospital stated in which he was admitted.
“However, due to post-Covid complications, he was shifted out of Covid Hospital to medical ICU. But despite best of the efforts by the medical team, Milkha Singh ji could not be retrieved from his critical condition and after a brave fight, he left for his heavenly abode at 11.30 pm on 18th June 2021 here at PGIMER,” the statement further said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also paid tribute to the legendary sprinter.
“In the passing away of Shri Milkha Singh Ji, we have lost a colossal sportsperson, who captured the nation’s imagination and had a special place in the hearts of countless Indians. His inspiring personality endeared himself to millions. Anguished by his passing away,” tweeted PM Modi.
“I had spoken to Shri Milkha Singh Ji just a few days ago. Little did I know that it would be our last conversation. Several budding athletes will derive strength from his life journey. My condolences to his family and many admirers all over the world,” he wrote in another tweet.
Famously alluded to as the ‘Flying Sikh’, Milkha Singh made his name in the olympic style sports, winning four gold medals at the Asian Games. He likewise won a gold at the 1958 Commonwealth Games in Cardiff.