Asian Games gold medallist Milkha Singh, fondly called the Flying Sikh, passed away due to post-Covid complications at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) hospital here on Friday. He was 91.
Milkha Singh had tested positive for Covid-19 in May this year and lost his wife Nirmal Kaur to the virus earlier this week. They are survived by their son, the golfer Jeev Milkha Singh, who is 49, and three daughters.
“He fought hard but God has his ways and it was perhaps true love and companionship that both our mother Nirmalji and now Dad have passed away in a matter of 5 days,” read a statement from the family.
Milkha Singh was a four-time Asian Games gold medallist and 1958 Commonwealth Games champion but his greatest performance was the fourth-place finish in the 400m final at the 1960 Rome. He also represented India in the 1956 and 1964 Olympics and was bestowed the Padma Shri in 1959.