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Saturday, 19 June 2021

India's Legendary Athlete Milkha Singh Dies Of COVID-19 Complications Aged 91, Days After His Wife


Legendary Indian athlete, Milkha Singh has passed away at the age of 91 after a month-long battle with Covid-19, just days after his wife died.


Singh tested positive for the novel coronavirus last month and was being treated at a hospital in India's northern city of Chandigarh. He died late Friday, June  18, after developing complications including fever and dropping oxygen saturation levels, according to News 18.

 


"He fought hard but God has his ways and it was perhaps true love and companionship that both our mother Nirmal ji and now Dad have passed away in a matter of 5 days," the family statement said.


Singh's wife, Nirmal Kaur, a former national volleyball captain, also died of the virus last Sunday.


Known as the "Flying Sikh," Singh was one of India's most successful track and field athletes. 

 


He won four Asian Games gold medals and became India's first Commonwealth Games champion in 1958. The following year, Singh was honoured with the Padma Shri, one of India's highest civilian honours.

 

 Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi posted on Twitter saying he was "anguished" by the news.


"In the passing away of Shri Milkha Singh Ji, we have lost a colossal sportsperson, who captured the nation's imagination and had a special place in the hearts of countless Indians. His inspiring personality endeared him to millions. Anguished by his passing away"

Indian President Ram Nath Kovind said the death of Singh filled his heart with grief. 


"The story of his struggles and strength of character will continue to inspire generations of Indians," he tweeted.


Singh represented India in 1956, 1960 and 1964 Olympics. At the 1960 Olympics in Rome, Singh famously lost the 400 meters race in a photo finish. He came forth with a time of 45.73 seconds -- an Indian national record that stood for 40 years.

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