Flying Sikh Milkha Singh is no more, PM Modi expressed grief

India's great athlete Milkha Singh has passed away. He was infected with Corona. Milkha Singh, 91, was recently admitted to a hospital in Chandigarh

Flying Sikh Milkha Singh is no more, PM Modi expressed grief

Highlights


• Legendary athlete Milkha Singh passed away after battling Covid-19 for a month
• Milkha came under the grip of the coronavirus on 20 May
• His wife Nirmal Kaur also died recently from Corona.

India's great sprinter Milkha Singh died on Friday after battling a corona infection for a month. Earlier, his wife and former Indian volleyball team captain Nirmal Kaur also died due to a corona infection. Padmashree Milkha Singh was 91 years old.

He is survived by his son golfer Jeev Milkha Singh and three daughters. A spokesperson for his family said, “He breathed his last at 11.30 pm.” His condition had worsened since evening and oxygen was depleted along with fever. He was admitted in the ICU of GIMER here.

He had corona last month and his report came negative on Wednesday. He was shifted to General ICU. His condition had stabilized before Thursday evening. His wife Nirmal, 85, died on Sunday at a private hospital.

Milkha, a four-time Asian Games gold medalist, also won the Gold medal at the 1958 Commonwealth Games. His best performance, however, was at the 1960 Rome Olympics in which he finished fourth in the 400 m final. He also represented India in the 1956 and 1964 Olympics. He was awarded the Padma Shri in 1959.

PM expressed grief, wrote – we have lost a great athlete

Sharing the picture, PM Modi has condoled the death of the great athlete. He tweeted – In the passing of Milkha Singh ji, we have lost a great sportsperson who captured the nation's imagination and made a special place in the hearts of countless Indians. His inspiring personality made him the darling of millions. I am hurt by his death.

He wrote in another tweet- I had a talk with Milkha Singh ji just a few days ago. I had no idea this would be our last conversation. Many athletes will draw strength from his life journey. My condolences to his family and many fans around the world.

A film has been made on the struggle of Milkha Singh

A film named 'Bhaag Milkha Bhaag' has also been made on the life of legendary runner Milkha Singh. Milkha Singh, famous by the name of Flying Sikh, never gave up. However, Milkha Singh had said that the story of his struggle is not shown in the film as much as what he has faced.

Son Jeev Milkha Singh is a golfer

Milkha Singh's son Jeev Milkha Singh is a well-known golfer at the international level. Jeev has won the Asian Tour Order of Merit twice. He achieved this feat in the years 2006 and 2008. Jeev is the only golfer from India to have won this title twice. He has won titles on the European Tour, Japan Tour and Asian Tour.

First pair of father-son to get this honor

Jeev Milkha Singh has been awarded the Padma Shri award. In such a situation, Milkha Singh and his son Jeev Milkha Singh are the only father-son duo in the country who have received Padma Shri for their sports achievements.

Milkha Singh has 4 gold in Asian Games and one in Commonwealth Games

Milkha Singh, who won 4 gold medals in Asian Games and one gold medal in Commonwealth Games, was crazy about speed. Popularly known as the Flying Sikh, this sprinter received love and support from every corner of the world. Milkha was born in undivided India (present-day Pakistan), but came to India after independence. Milkha's talent and speed were such that he was bestowed by the Pakistani Prime Minister Field Marshal Ayub Khan.

I wish Milkha had not looked back at Rome Olympics!

Whenever Milkha Singh is mentioned, there is a mention of missing his medal in the Rome Olympics. In an interview, he had said, 'I used to have a habit that I used to look back once in every race. The race at the Rome Olympics was very close and I started off hard. However, I looked back once and perhaps this is where I missed. The bronze medalist's time in this race was 45.5 and Milkha finished the race in 45.6 seconds.