Legendary Indian sprinter Milkha Singh passes away

Chandigarh: Legendary Indian sprinter Milkha Singh died of complications due to coronavirus disease, at the age of 91, after a month-long battle with Covid-19 in Chandigarh.

Milkha, famously known by the sobriquet 'Flying Sikh', had contracted the viral contagion last month and was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of a top hospital in Chandigarh due to 'dipping levels of oxygen'.

His condition had turned critical on Friday evening as he developed complications, including fever and dropping of oxygen saturation level, after a bout with Covid-19.

The 91-year-old had tested negative for the virus on Wednesday and was shifted to general ICU in another block of the hospital. His death comes almost a week after his wife Nirmal Kaur, former national volleyball captain, also died of the disease.

A former army man, Milkha Singh won several laurels for the country in track and field events across the globe. He won four gold medals for India in the Asian Games, winning the 200 metre and 400 metre races in the 1958 Tokyo Asiad. He followed it up with gold medals in the 400 metre and 4x400 metre relay races in the 1962 Jakarta Asiad.