Chandigarh: Milkha Singh, who won several gold medals at the 1958 and 1962 Asian Games, was admitted to hospital after contracting COVID-19. The 88-year-old is stable. ‘Mr. Milkha Singh was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit at Fortis Hospital in Mohali on May 24, 2021 with COVID pneumonia. He is stable and currently has low oxygen and medical treatment, ‘reads a statement from the hospital. Singh, India’s independent international class athlete and known as ‘The Flying Sikh’, was admitted to hospital on Monday night.
The former army man won gold medals in the 200 and 400 meters at the 1958 Asian Games in Tokyo. He followed that up with gold in 400m and 4x400m relay in 1962 Jakarta Asian Games. He also won gold in 440 meters at the 1958 Commonwealth Games in Cardiff. It was the only gold that an Indian won in athletics at the Commonwealth Games before Vikas Gowda won gold in Glasgow in 2014 in Glasgow.