Chandigarh, Punjab: Track legend Milkha Singh, who tested positive for COVID-19 two weeks ago, was admitted to the ICU on Thursday at the COVID Hospital of the Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh. “He was admitted to the ICU due to the immersion of oxygen. He was kept under observation and is now stable,” said PGIMER, Chandigarh spokesman Prof Ashok Kumar. On May 24, Milkha Singh was admitted to Fortis Hospital in Mohali as a precaution. He tested positive for coronavirus two weeks ago and was in isolation at his home in Chandigarh. His son, Jeev, also thanked everyone for the good wishes and said that his father receives wonderful care.
Milkha Singh is also known as The Flying Sikh. He is still the only Indian athlete to have won gold in the 400m at the Asian Games and the Commonwealth Games. He also won gold medals at the 1958 and 1962 Asian Games. He represented India at the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne, the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome and the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. He received the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civil honor in India, in recognition of his sporting achievements.