Milkha Singh, a renowned runner known as the ‘Flying Sikh’ of India, died of a coronary artery in Chandigarh on Friday night. Earlier on Sunday, his 85-year-old wife and former Indian volleyball captain Nirmal Kaur had also died of corona infection. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is deeply saddened by his death.
The 91-year-old runner has died nearly a month after being infected with coronavirus, a family spokesman said. Champion of the 1958 Commonwealth Games and 1960 Olympian, he died at the PGI Hospital. Milka came to the grip of a corona virus on May 20th. His family got a Corona for cooking, then Milkha and his wife Nirmal Milkha Singh became Corona Positive.
He was admitted to a private hospital on May 24. He was released from the hospital on May 30. Following this, on June 3, he was admitted to the Nehru Hospital expansion of PGIMER after oxygen levels fell. On Thursday, his Corona report .Conclusive. By Friday evening his condition had deteriorated and the fever had decreased with oxygen. However, his condition was stable before Thursday evening. He has a son golfer Jeev Milkha Singh and three daughters.
Four-time Asian Games gold medalist
Milkha, a four-time Asian Games gold medalist, won the yellow medal at the 1958 Commonwealth Games. His best performance, however, came in fourth place in the 400m final at the 1960 Rome Olympics. He represented India at the 1956 and 1964 Olympics. He was awarded the Padma Shri in 1959.
Padmashree is the first pair of father-son
Jeev Milkha Singh has been awarded the Padma Shri. In such a situation, Milkha Singh and her son Jeev Milkha Singh are the only father-son duo in the country and have received Padma Shri for their sporting achievements.
PM Modi has condoled
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has condoled the death of India’s greatest runner, Milkha Singh, saying India has lost such a great athlete whose life continues to inspire emerging athletes. “With the demise of Milkha Singh Ji, we have lost a great sportsman who has taken a special place in the hearts of countless Indians,” Modi tweeted. Millions of people loved him because of his inspiring personality. I am saddened by his demise. He wrote further, ‘I spoke with Milkha Singh Ji a few days ago. I didn’t know this was our last thing. My condolences to his family and their fans.
Ayub Khan is flying Said the Sikh
Popularly known as the Flying Sikh, this sprinter found 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 earned him the title of ‘Flying Sikh’ by the then Prime Minister of Pakistan, Field Marshal Ayub Khan.
A fight movie
The film ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’ has also been made about the life of legendary runner Milkha Singh. Milkha Singh never gave up. Milkha Singh, however, told me that the story of her struggle is not shown in the film.
I wish I had never looked back at the Rome Olympics!
Whenever Milkha Singh was mentioned, it was definitely mentioned that she lost the medal at the Rome Olympics. In an interview, he said: ‘I had the habit of looking back at every race. The race at the Rome Olympics was very close and I started hard. However, I look back once and maybe this is where I missed it. The bronze medalist clocked 45.5 and Milkha finished the race in 45.6 seconds.
Son Jeev Milkha Singh is a golfer
Jeev Milkha Singh, son of Milkha Singh, is an internationally renowned golfer. Jeev has won the Asian Tour Order of Merit twice. He achieved this in 2006 and 2008. Jeev is the only golfer from India who has won this award twice. He has won awards on the European Tour, Japan Tour and Asian Tour.