Flying Sikh Milkha Singh: India’s Legendary sprinter Milkha Singh passes away due to post COVID-19 complications

Flying Sikh Milkha Singh: India's Legendary sprinter Milkha Singh passes away due to post COVID-19 complications
Flying Sikh Milkha Singh: India's Legendary sprinter Milkha Singh passes away due to post COVID-19 complications

Flying Sikh Milkha Singh – Milkha Singh Passes Away: India’s Legendary sprinter dies due to post COVID-19 complications, PM Modi offers condolences- Legendary sprinter Milkha Singh has passed away due to post COVID-19 complications after a month-long fight against the virus, reported news agency PTI. “Legendary Indian sprinter Milkha Singh dies after a month-long battle with COVID-19: Family spokesperson,” it said in a tweet post.

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Flying Sikh Milkha Singh – Milkha Singh Passes Away: The Padma Shri awardee was 91 and is survived by his golfer son Jeev Milkha Singh and three daughters.

“He breathed his last at 11.30pm,” a family spokesperson told PTI.

Flying Sikh Milkha Singh – Milkha Singh Passes Away: Expressing his condolence, Prime Minister Narendra Modi wrote, “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.”

“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 added.

Flying Sikh Milkha Singh – Milkha Singh Passes Away: The former Indian sprinter had tested positive for COVID-19 last month and was in isolation at his home in Chandigarh before he was admitted to the ICU of Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) hospital in Chandigarh.

Flying Sikh Milkha Singh – Milkha Singh Passes Away: Milkha was admitted to PGIMER on June 3 after his oxygen levels dipped at home following treatment at the Fortis hospital in Mohali for a week.

His condition turned critical on Friday evening as he developed complications, including fever and dipping oxygen saturation levels, after a bout with COVID-19, in the Intensive Care Unit of the PGIMER hospital.

He had contracted COVID-19 last month and tested negative for the virus on Wednesday when he was shifted to general ICU in another block of the hospital.

Milkha had been “stable” before Thursday evening.

Milkha Singh passes away: India’s Legendary sprinter loses fight against COVID-19

The 1958 Commonwealth Games champion and 1960 Rome Olympian had contracted the virus on May 20.

His wife, Nirmal Singh had also succumbed to COVID-19 at the age of 85 on June 13.

Flying Sikh Milkha Singh – Milkha Singh Passes Away:The legendary athlete is a four-time Asian Games gold-medallist and 1958 Commonwealth Games champion. He still is the only Indian athlete to win Gold in the Asian and Commonwealth Championship. He was awarded the Padma Shri, India’s fourth-highest civilian honor, in recognition of his sporting achievements.

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