Condoling the demise of legendary Indian athlete Milkha Singh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday, 19 June said the country has lost “a colossal sportsperson”.
Milkha Singh passed away late on 18 June after a prolonged battle with COVID-19. He was 91.
“In the passing away of Shri Milkha Singh Ji, we have lost a colossal sportsperson, who captured the nation’s imagination and had a special place in the hearts of countless Indians. His inspiring personality endeared himself to millions. Anguished by his passing away,” Modi tweeted.
In another tweet, the Prime Minister said he had spoken to Milkha Singh just a few days ago.
“Little did I know that it would be our last conversation. Several budding athletes will derive strength from his life journey. My condolences to his family and many admirers all over the world,” he added.
Amit Shah Condoles Milkha Singh’s Death
Union Home Minister Amit Shah tweeted that Milkha Singh had “left an indelible mark on world athletics.”
Milkha Singh was admitted in the COVID ward of the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education & Research in Chandigarh on 3 June. He was treated for the virus till 13 June following which he had tested negative.
However, due to post-COVID complications, he was shifted out of the COVID ward to a medical ICU. But he could not be retrieved from his critical condition, according to the hospital’s official spokesperson Ashok Kumar.
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