Milkha Singh passes away at age 91

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Legendary Indian sprinter Milkha Singh passed away in Chandigarh onlate Friday. He was 91.

His wife, Nirmal Kaur, former Indian women volleyball team captain, had passed away at a Mohali hospital last week due to complications related to COVID-19 infection.

Milkha had also contracted Covid-19 and was hospitalised on June 3. He was shifted out of the COVID ICU on Wednesday after testing negative for the virus.

However, after he developed a fever and his oxygen saturation level also dropped, he was moved back to the Intensive Care Unit of the PGIMER hospital.

The legendary athlete, a four-time Asian Games gold medallist and 1958 Commonwealth Games champion, missed the bronze medal at the 1960 Rome Olympics by 1/100th of a second.

His timing at the Italian capital was a national record for 38 years till Paramjeet Singh broke it in 1998. He also represented India in the 1956 and 1964 Olympics and was bestowed the Padma Shri in 1959.