The undisputed first icon of Indian athletics, Milka Singh is responding well to the Covid-19 treatment. He has been hospitalised in Mohali on Monday after testing positive for novel coronavirus infection last week.
His son and seasoned Indian golfer Jeev Milkha Singh has stated that the 91-year-old athlete is stable and responding well to treatment.
“He (Milkha Singh) is in great spirits and receiving wonderful care and I am sure he will be the Flying Sikh he has always been very soon,” Jeev said in a tweeted video.
Just wanted to thank everyone for the outpouring of good wishes that have poured in for my dad. He is in great spirits and receiving wonderful care and I am sure he will be the Flying Sikh he has always been very soon.
Jai Hind. pic.twitter.com/XDaPHdiHNq
— Jeev Milkha Singh (@JeevMilkhaSingh) May 20, 2021
Milkha Singh had quarantined himself at his Chanidgarh residence after being diagnosed with the Covid-19 viral infection. His condition had deteriorated on Sunday night when he had diarrhoea and his Oxygen saturation dipped below the safe range. He had reportedly also stopped eating anything since Sunday morning, wife Nirmal Kaur, herself a former Indian national volleyball team captain, had told national daily Times of India.
He was then shifted to the hospital as a precautionary measure.
A gold medallist at the 1958 and 1962 Asian Games, Milkha Singh also represented India in three successive Olympics from 1956 to 1964. He also remains the only athlete to complete a 400-metre golden double at the Asian and the Commonwealth Games.