Milkha Singh, known as ‘Flying Sikh’, passed away in Chandigarh on Friday, June 18. His wife Nirmal Kaur also died of coronavirus just five days ago.
According to local media reports, 20 May he was infected with the coronavirus. Milkha Singh was rushed to a local hospital on May 24. The condition was becoming normal on 30 May but his oxygen level started declining again in three days. He was rushed to PGIMER Hospital where he continued to fight against coronavirus in the ICU for a long time. But unfortunately, all the efforts of the doctors failed in giving up his last breath. He was 91 years old at the time of his death.
Legendary Indian sprinter Milkha Singh will not return home again but for India, he earned great respect. He was the only athlete in India to win a gold medal in the 400 meters. He also represented India in the Olympics, Commonwealth Games, and Asian Games. He represented India in the 1956 Melbourne Summer Olympics, then in the 1960 Rome Olympics, and in 1964 in the Tokyo Summer Olympics. He did not achieve only gold for India but also huge fame in the world arena as well. Later he has been honored by Padma Shri (4th ranking civilian award in India) because of his great achievement in the sector of sports.
The world’s best athlete was born on November 20, 1929. His birthplace is identified as Gobindpura village in Muzaffargarh (located in Pakistan) district in the Punjab province of British India. Horrible memories of partition are associated with his youth. He lost his loved ones forever in the Partition Violence of 1947, later moved to Delhi. Bhag Milkha Bhag (2013) the biopic based on his early life has earned huge popularity by the audience. The well-known Bollywood artist Farhan Akhter has acted in this movie.
His sudden death comes with a condolence message for all Indians. The Central Government of India expressed grief for the “Flying Sikh”. The state government of Punjab said that the funeral would be held by state honor.