One of India’s biggest sporting icons, Milkha Singh, died on Friday after a month-long battle with COVID-19, during which he lost his former national volleyball captain wife Nirmal Kaur to the same ailment. He was cremated with full state honours in Chandigarh. The Padma Shri awardee, who was nicknamed ‘The Flying Sikh’ for his accomplishments, was 91 and is survived by his golfer son Jeev Milkha Singh and three daughters.
Milkha Singh, also known as The Flying Sikh, was an Indian track and field sprinter who was introduced to the sport while serving in the Indian Army. He is the only athlete to win gold at 400 metres at the Asian Games as well as the Commonwealth Games. He also won gold medals in the 1958 and 1962 Asian Games.
Died: 18 June 2021, ChandigarhTrending
Born: 20 November 1929, Govindpura, Pakistan
Spouse: Nirmal Saini (m. 1962–2021)
Books: The Race of My Life
Children: Jeev Milkha Singh, Sonia Sanwalka
Siblings: Ishvar Singh, Malkhan Singh