Legendary Indian sprinter Milkha Singh popularly known as ‘Flying Singh’, died on Friday late night due to post-Covid complications, media reports said.
He was being treated at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education & Research.
The 91-year-old had tested positive for COVID-19 on May 19 but was in home isolation at his Chandigarh residence after revealing that he was asymptomatic.
However, a few days later on May 24, the legendary athlete was admitted to the ICU of Mohali’s Fortis hospital due to “COVID pneumonia”. He was then moved to PGIMER in Chandigarh on June 3.
His death came five days after his wife Nirmal also died due to post-Covid complications.
He had become the first Indian athlete to win gold in the then British Empire and Commonwealth Games in Cardiff in 1958, a record which stood for more than 50 years.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also paid tribute to the Asian gold medalist and wrote on Twitter, “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.”