Chandigarh: Legendary athlete Milkha Singh, popularly known as ‘Flying Sikh’, has tested positive for coronavirus on Thursday. Diagnosis on the 91-year-old was performed after one of his staff members contracted the virus, and his result, too, turned out to be positive. According to the doctors monitoring him, he is currently isolating himself at his residence in Chandigarh.
“His condition is stable, but has been down with fever since last (Wednesday) night,” said a doctor.
His wife Nirmal Milkha Singh said a cook, who has been with their family for over 50 years, was tested positive for the virus recently. Following which, the entire family got tested for the virus.
The legendary athlete’s daughter, Mona Milkha Singh, is an emergency room (ER) doctor at Metropolitan Hospital Center in New York City. “Mona is constantly on video call with me and Milkha jee. She is a great help and is guiding us. We are now waiting for (son) Jeev to join us,” Nirmal said.
Milkha Singh’s son, Jeev Milkha Singh, an Indian golfer, said: “He is fine and in good spirits. God willing, he will pull through. I’m out of the country but returning on Saturday.”
Milkha Singh has been making significant contribution in country’s fight against pandemic. Since the onset of the pandemic last year, the athlete has ben appealing everyone to exercise daily during the lockdown period, while also urging everyone to stay at home and maintain social distancing.
In his video message, he called upon people to stay indoors during the preventive lockdown to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
“As a sportsman, I want to tell you with a humble request that you are staying indoors and for you an exercise of 15-20 minutes is very necessary,” he said.
Milkha Singh, who won India’s first Commonwealth gold, was introduced to the sport while serving in the Indian Army.