The legendary Indian Sprinter Milkha Singh died on Friday due to post-covid complications. He was treated at the Postgraduate Education & Medical Research Institute. The 91-year-old boy was tested positive for Covid-19 on May 19 but was in house isolation at his Chandigarh’s residence house after revealing that he did not show symptoms. But, a few days later, on the May 24, legendary athletes were accepted in the ICU from Fortis Mohali Hospital because of “covid pneumonia”. He was then transferred to Pgimer at Chandigarh on June 3.
His death came five days after his wife Nirmal also died of post-covid complications. “With extreme sadness that we want to tell you that Milkha Singh Ji dies at 11:30 a.m. on June 18, 2021,” announced his family in a statement. “He struggles hard but God has a way and may be true love and friendship that our mother Nirmal Ji and now dad has died in 5 days,” added the following statement.
He was “treated for Covid there until June 13 when after installing a brave battle with Covid, Milkha Singh Ji was tested negatively,” said the hospital in a statement.
“However, due to post-covid complications, he shifted from a Covid hospital to the medical ICU. But regardless of the medical team’s efforts, Milkha Singh Ji could not be taken from his critical condition and after a brave battle, he left for his surgical residence at 11:30 Afternoon on June 18, 2021 here at Pgimer, “the statement added.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tribute to the legendary sprinter.
“In the desire of Shri Milkha Singh Ji, we have lost colossal sportsmen, which captures the nation’s imagination and has a special place in the hearts of countless Indians. The personality that inspired him to hurt millions of people. PM Modi Tweeted.
“I have spoken with Shri Milkha Singh Ji just a few days ago. A little I know it will be our last conversation. Some beginner athletes will get the power of their lives. My families to their families and many admirers around the world,” he added In other tweets. The popular one called ‘Flying Sikh’, Milkha Singh made his name on the track and field, won four gold medals at the great Asian Games. He also won gold in the 1958 Commonwealth game in Cardiff.
He was almost left behind in the Olympic medal, finishing the fourth in the 400m final of the 1960 Rome game. Milkha Singh completed a race within 45.73 seconds. It remained a national record for almost 40 years before Paramjeet Singh surpassed in 1998.
Milkha Singh also participated in the 1956 and 1964 Olympics. In addition, he was inaugurated Padma Shri, the fourth-highest civil honour in India, in 1959. Overcoming his family’s loss, Singh gave the young Indian nation his first sports hero to victory in 1958.
Singh’s story arranged the film 2013 “Bhaag Milkha Bhaag” or “Run, Milkha, Run“. The title refers to the last words that his father said to him, asked him to escape. Or he would also be another life lost during the violence that swept the partition after the continental child.