Milkha Singh, Covid Positive, Steady In ICU; Wife Nirmal Kaur’s Condition Deteriorates


Legendary Indian sprinter Milkha Singh is “better and more steady” as he battles COVID-19 in the ICU of the PGIMER hospital even as his wife and former volleyball captain Nirmal Kaur’s condition deteriorated as a result of the same ailment. Milkha also received a phone call from Prime Minister Narendra Modi enquiring approximately his health on Friday. In a observation, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) said that Milkha is better than Thursday when he was once brought to the hospital with dipping levels of oxygen. 

“On the basis of his medical parameters today, his condition has been observed better and more steady than the day prior to this,” PGIMER’s official spokesperson, Prof Ashok Kumar, said. 

Kumar said that Milkha is being closely monitored by a team of three doctors at PGIMER. Milkha’s 82-year-old wife Nirmal, who had also contracted COVID-19 days after her husband got the infected, continues to be in the ICU of the Fortis hospital, which said that her condition has deteriorated. 

“Mrs Milkha Singh has deteriorated with progression of disease and increase in oxygen requirement. She is right now on HFNC (High Go with the flow Nasal Cannula) and NIV (Non Invasive Ventilation) intermittently,” the hospital said in its health bulletin. Earlier in the day, Milkha’s son Jeev too said that his father was once steady and thanked the PM for calling his father. 

“Many thanks to Prime Minister@narendramodi for taking time out of his engaged schedule and call dad to find out approximately his health,” Jeev said in a tweet. 

Modi on Friday spoke to Milkha and expressed hope that the iconic former athlete will be back soon to “bless and inspire athletes, who will be participating in the Tokyo Olympics.” 

Milkha was once discharged from a private hospital in Mohali on Sunday final where he received remedy for the infection. 

He, then again, continued to be on oxygen fortify at home also. Jeev had reached Chandigarh from Dubai on May 22. His elder sister, Mona Milkha Singh, who is a physician in america, has also reached here. 

Milkha is suspected to have contracted the infection from a house help. 


The legendary athlete is a four-time Asian Games gold-medallist and 1958 Commonwealth Games champion but his greatest performance remains the fourth-place finish in the 400m last of the 1960 Rome Olympics. 

His timing at the Italian capital was once a national record for 38 years till Paramjeet Singh broke it in 1998. He also represented India in the 1956 and 1964 Olympics and was once bestowed the Padma Shri in 1959.

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