Milkha Singh Cremation: Tributes have been pouring in from across the globe as The Flying Sikh Milkha Singh died at the age of 91 following post-COVID complications on Friday, June 18.
The cremation of the legendary sprinter Milkha Singh held in Chandigarh with full state honours. His mortal remains were kept at his residence in Chandigarh’s Sector 8. Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju, Punjab Governor and UT Chandigarh Administrator VP Singh Badnore, and Haryana Sports Minister Sandeep Singh were among those present.
Meanwhile, Chandigarh Police was busy beefing up security at his residence due to the visit of prominent personalities.
The former sprinter tested positive for COVID-19 last month and was in isolation at his home in Chandigarh before getting admitted to the ICU of Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) hospital.
“He was treated for COVID there till June 13 when after putting up a valiant battle with COVID, Milkha Singh Ji tested negative. However, due to post- Covid complications, he was shifted out of COVID Hospital to medical ICU,” the Hospital said.
“Despite the best of efforts by the medical team, Milkha Singh Ji could not be retrieved from his critical condition and after a brave fight, he left for his heavenly abode at 11.30 pm on 18th June 2021 here at PGIMER,” it added.
Earlier on June 13, Singh’s wife and former Captain of the Indian Women National Volleyball team, Nirmal Milkha Singh had succumbed to COVID-19 at the age of 85.
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