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Yesteryear sprinter Milkha Singh passed away on Friday at the age of 91. His demise was confirmed by his family members.
The famous sprinter had tested negative for COVID-19 on Wednesday and was placed under observation in the Intensive Care Unit of the PGIMER hospital located in Chandigarh.
The hospital issued an official declaration which stated: “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.”
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted: “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.
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The retired athlete, who is also appreciated as ‘Flying Sikh’ was admitted to PGIMER on 3rd June after his oxygen saturation dropped.
Milkha Singh is the proud winner of four gold medals at the Asian Games. The legendary sprinter also bagged the yellow metal in the 1958 Commonwealth Games.
But, he was famously remembered for his epic run in the 400m final of the 1960 Rome Olympics, where he obtained the fourth position.
He had also participated in the 1956 and 1964 Olympics and was felicitated by the Indian government with the Padma Shri in the year 1959.