Milkha Singh tests positive for Covid-19, wife says former athlete's condition stable

Milkha Singh tests positive for Covid-19, wife says former athlete's condition stable


Athletics legend Milkha Singh on Wednesday evening tested positive for Covid-19. Singh's wife, Nirmal Kaur, told that his condition is stable, and he has moved into home isolation in Chandigarh.

"One of our house help tested positive a few days ago. So we went to get ourselves tested. He had a high fever last evening, but he has not lost his taste or smell," Milkha Singh's wife told IndiaToday.In.

"I am completely fit and fine, surprised to have tested positive after returning from jogging on Wednesday. I am completely fine," Milkha Singh said.

A year ago, the 91-year-old legend and his golfer son Jeev Milkha Singh had donated Rs 2 Lakh to fight the Covid-19 pandemic.

Milkha Singh, popularly known as 'The Flying Sikh,' has run many memorable races in his career, despite not being able to win an Olympic medal. He is best remembered for his 400-metre race at the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome, where he became the first Indian male to reach the final of an Olympic event in which he finished 4th.

Milkha started as one of the favourites and led that race but eventually missed out on a podium finish after trailing by 0.1 seconds. Despite finishing fourth, he set a new national record that was untouched for almost 40 years.

Milkha Singh was also the first athlete to bag a Commonwealth Games gold for India, achieving the feat during the 1958 British Empire and Commonwealth Games.