Legendary Milkha Singh passes away aged 91 due to COVID-19 complications

The 91-year-old had been admitted to the Covid ward in the Nehru Hospital Extension at PGIMER on June 3 due to dipping oxygen levels.

Rohan Gulaty Author

Updated - 7 August 2021 8:57 pm

One of India's greatest athletes, Flying Sikh Milkha Singh has passed away on Friday night due to COVID-19 complications. The 91-year-old had been admitted to the Covid ward in the Nehru Hospital Extension at PGIMER on June 3 due to dipping oxygen levels. After testing negative earlier this week, he had been shifted from Covid ICU to the medical ICU.

On Friday morning, his son Jeev Milkha Singh had confirmed that his father’s health was not well and was deteriorating.  ‘Yes, dad is not well,” Jeev had confirmed to a media house. Only five days earlier, Milkha Singh's wife had also passed away due to coronavirus.

India's most decorated athlete - Milkha Singh

Padma Shri Milkha Singh was one of the finest athletes that the nation has ever produced. He is still the only athlete ever to win Gold medal in the 400m event at the Asian as well as the Commonwealth Games. In the 1958 National Games, Milkha Singh won gold medals in both 200m and 400m events. He also famously finished at fourth place in the 400m finals at the 1960 Olympics and had made India proud at the global level.

Pakistan's General Ayub Khan had given him the title of 'The Flying Sikh' after his incredible run in a race in 1960. Milkha Singh will always be remembered as someone who inspired a whole new generation to take up athletics and make the nation proud.

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