Iconic Indian sprinter Milkha Singh had tested positive for COVID-19 last month. Milkha Singh was fortunately said to be in ‘high spirits’ and completely asymptomatic. The 91-year-old was discharged in a stable condition on the request of his family.
Milkha’s 82-year-old wife Nirmal Kaur, who had also contracted COVID-19 days after her husband got the infection, continues to be in the ICU of the Fortis hospital with fluctuating oxygen requirements, a medical bulletin issued by Fortis on Thursday said. Hospital had earlier said that the couple were being treated for COVID-19 pneumonia.
Milkha Singh has been readmitted to the Intensive Care Unit in Chandigarh on Thursday due to “dipping levels of oxygen” but he is in “stable” condition, the hospital said.
PM Narendra Modi checks on Milkha Singh
PM Narendra Modi spoke with the Olympian to inquire about his health. As he wished Milkha Singh a speedy recovery he invited him to join him in interaction with India’s Olympic contingent if he is back to good health by the time.
Milkha Singh, known as ‘The Flying Sikh’ is one of the best athletes India has ever had. He is till date the only athlete to win a 400-meter gold at both the Asian Games and the Commonwealth Games. He is a five-time Asian Games gold medalist and also represented India at three Olympic Games from 1956 to 1964. His most famous race was perhaps the fourth-placed finish in the final of the 400-meter race at the 1960 Games. For his contributions to the world of athletics in India, he was awarded the Padma Shri award which is India’s fourth-highest civilian honor by the government.