By Puneet Chaudhary - June 19, 2021
Chandigarh7 minutes ago
Former Indian legend sprinter Milkha Singh died at 11:30 pm on Friday night due to Corona. He was 91 years old. 5 days ago his wife Nirmal Kaur passed away due to post covid complications. Milkha Singh was undergoing treatment for 15 days at PGIMER, Chandigarh. He was admitted to the ICU on June 3 due to falling oxygen levels. His corona report came positive on 20 May.
Milkha was admitted to the hospital on June 3
Milkha Singh and his wife were found corona infected on 20 May. On May 24, both were admitted to a private hospital. On May 30, on the request of family members, he was discharged from there and returned home a few days back. Since then he was undergoing treatment at home. After a few days, his health deteriorated again and the oxygen level started falling. On June 3, he had to be admitted to the hospital again. At the same time, Nirmal Kaur was being treated at Fortis Hospital in Mohali.
Modi spoke to Milkha Singh, who was admitted in the hospital
On June 4, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had a phone conversation with Milkha Singh and inquired about his health. The PM had said that Milkha would be back soon to bless and inspire the athletes participating in the Tokyo Olympics.
Milkha Singh was a 4-time Asian Games gold medalist.
Nirmal Kaur was the captain of the Indian volleyball team
Nirmal Kaur passed away due to post covid complications. She was 85 years old. Nirmal had been the captain of the Indian women’s volleyball team. Along with this, she had also held the post of Sports Director (for women) in the Punjab Government. In a statement issued by the family of Milkha Singh, it was said that Nirmal Kaur died on June 13 at 4.00 pm. The statement further said that Milkha Singh could not attend the last rites of his wife due to being admitted to the ICU.
was born in pakistan
Milkha Singh was born on 20 November 1929 in a Sikh family of Govindpura (now part of Pakistan). There was a lot of love for sports and the country, due to which he fled to India after partition and joined the Indian Army. He was in the army for some time but due to his inclination towards the sport, he took part in cross country running. More than 400 soldiers ran in it. Milkha came at number 6.
Government of India honored with Padma Shri
Participated in the 1956 Olympic Games held in Melbourne. Could not do anything special, but opened the way for further competitions. He set several records in the 200 and 400 meters at the National Games held in Cuttack in 1958. In the same year, he won gold medals in the 200m, 400m events at the Asian Games held in Tokyo and the 400m race in the Commonwealth. Seeing his success, the Government of India honored him with the Padma Shri.
Milkha Singh during the 1962 Jakarta Asian Games.
This is how the name Flying Sikh got
Milkha Singh went for a race held in Pakistan. He did a great job in this. Seeing his performance, General Ayub Khan of Pakistan named him ‘The Flying Sikh’. Milkha Singh had high hopes in the 1960 Summer Olympics held in Rome. In the 400 meters race, he was leading for 200 meters, but after that he slowed down his pace. Due to this, he lagged behind in the race and finished at number four. In 1964, he won gold medals in the 400m and 4×400 relay at the Asian Games.
The film has been made – Bhaag Milkha Bhaag
In the year 2013, a Bollywood Hindi film – Bhaag Milkha Bhaag was made on the life of Milkha Singh. It was directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, while the writing was by Prasoon Joshi. Farhan Akhtar was seen in the role of Milkha Singh. The film won the Best Entertaining Film award at the 61st National Film Awards in April 2014. Apart from this, award was also given for best choreography.