Milkha Singh passes away following Covid-related complications

New Delhi: Legendary athlete Milkha Singh passed away in a Chandigarh hospital due to Covid-19 related complications at 11:30 pm on Friday. He was 91. The information of his passing away was shared via a statement from the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education & Research(PGIEMR), Chandigarh, where he was being treated for Covid-related complications.

“Legendary Indian Sprinter Shri Milkha Singh ji was admitted in the ICU of Covid Hospital of PGIMER on 3rd June 2021 and was treated for Covid there till 13th June when after putting up a valiant battle with Covid, Milkha Singh Ji tested negative.

“However, due to post- Covid complications, he was shifted out of Covid Hospital to medical ICU.But despite best of the efforts by the medical team, Milkha Singh ji could not be retrieved from his critical condition and after a brave fight, he left for his heavenly abode at 11.30 pm on 18th June 2021 here at PGIMER,” Prof. Jagat Ram, Director PGIMER said as he paid condolences to the sporting icon. 

Milkha Singh was admitted to the hospital on June 3 after his oxygen level dipped following testing positive for covid-19, just four days after he was discharged from a Mohali hospital.

A former Commonwealth Games gold medalist, Milkha Singh was in stable condition when he was discharged from the Mohali hospital last month.

His death came five days after his wife Nirmal died due to post-Covid complications.

Milkha Singh was a four-time Asian Games gold medallist and 1958 Commonwealth Games champion. However, his career-best performance was the fourth-place finish in the 400m final at the 1960 Rome. He has also represented the country the 1956 and 1964 Olympics. 

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