The achievements of dash legend Milkha Singh, popularly often known as the “Flying Sikh”, will at all times make the residents of this nation proud, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath stated on Saturday, expressing grief over the athlete’s demise.
The void created on the earth of sports activities by his dying will likely be troublesome to fill, he added.
Milkha Singh died on Friday after a month-long battle with COVID-19, throughout which he misplaced his former nationwide volleyball captain spouse Nirmal Kaur to the identical ailment.
The Padma Shri awardee was 91 and is survived by his golfer son Jeev Milkha Singh and three daughters.
“He breathed his last at 11.30 pm,” a household spokesperson had instructed PTI in Chandigarh.
His situation had turned essential after he developed issues, together with fever and dipping oxygen saturation ranges, after a bout with COVID-19, within the Intensive Care Unit of the PGIMER hospital within the UT of Chandigarh.
He had contracted COVID-19 final month and examined unfavorable for the virus on Wednesday, when he was shifted to the overall ICU in one other block of the hospital.
Milkha Singh had been “stable” earlier than Thursday night.
His 85-year-old spouse, who had additionally been contaminated by the virus, handed away at a non-public hospital in Mohali on Sunday.
Milkha Singh was admitted to the PGIMER on June 3 after his oxygen ranges dipped at dwelling following therapy on the Fortis hospital in Mohali for per week.
The legendary athlete is a four-time Asian Games gold medallist and the 1958 Commonwealth Games champion, however his biggest efficiency stays the fourth-place end within the 400m last of the 1960 Rome Olympics.
He additionally represented India within the 1956 and the 1964 Olympics and was bestowed the Padma Shri in 1959.