Milkha Singh passes away at age 91


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.