Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju Condoles Milkha Singh's Death
Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju on Friday condoled the death of Milkha Singh, saying the legendary sprinter will continue to inspire every Indian for years to come.
- Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju condoles the death of Milkha Singh
- He said Milkha Singh will continue to inspire Indians for years to come
- Milkha Singh died on Friday at a Chandigarh hospital
Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju on Friday condoled the death of Milkha Singh, saying the legendary sprinter will continue to inspire every Indian for years to come. Rijiju said in Milkha's death, the country has lost a star. "India has lost its star. Milkha Singh Ji has left us but he will continue to inspire every Indian to shine for India. My deepest condolences to the family. "I pray for his soul to rest in peace," the minister tweeted. Milkha Singh died on Friday at a Chandigarh hospital after a month-long battle with COVID-19, during which he lost his wife Nirmal Kaur, a former national volleyball captain, to the same ailment.
The Padma Shri awardee was 91 and is survived by his golfer son Jeev Milkha Singh and three daughters. The sprint icon's condition turned critical on Friday evening as he developed complications, including fever and dipping oxygen saturation levels, after a bout with COVID-19, in the Intensive Care Unit of the PGIMER hospital.
He had contracted COVID-19 last month and tested negative for the virus on Wednesday when he was shifted to general ICU in another block of the hospital.
The legendary athlete is a four-time Asian Games gold medallist and the 1958 Commonwealth Games champion but his greatest performance remains the fourth-place finish in the 400m final of the 1960 Rome Olympics.
His timing of 45.6 seconds at the Italian capital remained the national record for 38 years before Paramjeet Singh broke it in 1998. He also represented India in the 1956 and 1964 Olympics and was bestowed the Padma Shri in 1959.