New Delhi: Legendary Indian sprinter Milkha Singh died on Friday due to post-Covid complications. He was being treated at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education & Research. He was 91 years of age. Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter to offer tributes to the departed soul and said that he was anguish by his passing away.
“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 himself to millions. Anguished by his passing away,” PM Modi tweeted.
“I had spoken to Shri Milkha Singh Ji just a few days ago. Little did I know that it would be our last conversation. Several budding athletes will derive strength from his life journey. My condolences to his family and many admirers all over the world,” he added in another tweet.
The 1958 Commonwealth Games champion and 1960 Rome Olympian had contracted Covid-19 on May 20 and was admitted to a private hospital in Mohali on May 24. He was discharged on May 30 but was admitted to PGIMER, Chandigarh, on June 3 after his oxygen dipped.
“It is with extreme sadness that we would like to inform you that Milkha Singh Ji passed away at 11.30 pm. on the 18th of June 2021,” his family announced in a statement.
Popularly referred as ‘Flying Sikh’, Milkha Singh was conferred the Padma Shri, India’s fourth-highest civilian honour, in 1959.