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The Indian sprint legend, Milkha Singh succumbed to post COVID-19 complications last night after battling with the virus for a whole month. 

Mr. Singh had tested positive for the virus on May 20th. He was later admitted in a private hospital on May 24th at Mohali. He was discharged on May 30th, but due to low oxygen levels, he was again admitted to the COVID-19 ward at Nehru Hospital Extension at PGIMER. 

The former sportsman had tested negative on Thursday and was shifted to the medical ICU. But on Friday, his conditions deteriorated as he developed various COVID-19 complications, including fever and low oxygen levels.

Flying Sikh Milkha Singh

Nirmal Kaur, Milkha Singh’s wife, had lost the battle with the virus 5 days ago. Former Indian volleyball team captain, Mrs. Nirmal, was admitted to the same hospital as Mr. Singh. 

The Flying Sikh, Milkha Singh grew up in a small village in India, when India was still under British rule. As a young boy, he saw his family being murdered during the partition of India and Pakistan in 1947. 

The last words from his father to Milkha were, “Bhaag Milkha Bhaag”, which indeed had a great impact on him, and made him run for his life. Milkha Singh ran to save his life and then he ran to win medals for his country. 

Milkha Singh

At Cardiff during the Commonwealth games 1958, Singh won a Gold for India. Singh never won an Olympics, and his only wish was that “Someone else should win that medal for India.”

When Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, Milkha Singh’s biographic film was released, he said, “It would inspire the next generation.”

The legend Milkha Singh was an inspiration for all the young athletes. His life and his love for running-inspired a lot of people. 

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At his demise, the whole sports world took social media to pay respect to the legend. Mr. Narendra Modi also paid his tributes to the star of the sports world. 

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