Milkha Singh had tested positive for Corona Virus last month. He takes the last breath on 18th June 2021 (Friday) night in the PGIMER (Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research) hospital in Chandigarh. He was 91 years old.
Milkha Singh also known as Flying Sikh of India was also a former Commonwealth Games gold medalist, he was in stable condition when discharged from the Mohali hospital last month. He lost his 85-year-old wife, Nirmal Milkha Singh to Covid-19 last month in a private hospital in Chandigarh.
The hospital authorities said earlier this week that Nirmal’s health had worsened. She was being treated with fluctuating oxygen levels. Notably, Milkha Singh was also admitted to the same hospital last month but his condition has been improving.
Milkha Singh was a four-time Asian Games gold medallist and 1958 Commonwealth Games champion but his greatest performance was the fourth-place finish in the 400m final at the 1960 Rome. He also represented India in the 1956 and 1964 Olympics and was bestowed the Padma Shri in 1959.
‘’Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed sadness at the demise of Milkha Singh and said India lost a colossal sportsperson, who captured the nation’s imagination.’’
Milkha Singh, byname the Flying Sikh, (born October 17, 1935, Lyallpur[now Faisalabad], Pakistan), Indian track and field athlete who became the first Indian male to reach the final of an Olympic athletic event when he placed fourth in the 400-meter race at the 1960 Olympic Game in Rome. And his wife also has a captain of the volleyball of the women’s team of India. They do love marriage in 1962 to Nirmal Saini.
In 1960, he was invited to take part in the 200m event at an International Athletic competition in Lahore, Pakistan. He hadn’t been back to Pakistan since fleeing in 1947 and initially refused to go.
Singh eventually did go to Pakistan. Despite the huge support for his main rival, Pakistan’s Abdul Khaliq, in the stadium, Singh went on to win that race, while Khaliq took the bronze medal.
We pray to God that his soul rests in peace. Today we have lost a struggling man and a good sportsman. May his soul rest in peace!