Legendary Indian sprinter Milkha Singh died yesterday due to post-Covid complications.
The 91-year-old had tested positive for Covid-19 on May 19 but was in home isolation at his residence after revealing that he was asymptomatic. However, a few days later on May 24, the legendary athlete was admitted to hospital due to Covid pneumonia.
His death came five days after his wife Nirmal also died due to post-Covid complications.
“It is with extreme sadness that we would like to inform you that Milkha Singh passed away,” his family announced in a statement. Singh made his name in the track and field, winning four gold medals at the Asian Games. He also won a gold at the 1958 Commonwealth Games in Cardiff.
He narrowly missed out on an Olympic medal, finishing fourth at the 400m final of the 1960 Rome Games.