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Milkha stable and responding to treatment at PGIMER: Minister

Milkha Singh. Photo: Instagram/

Chandigarh June 7 (MNN) The condition of veteran Indian athlete Milkha Singh, 91, is “stable” and he is responding to the treatment at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research here.

Punjab Sports Minister Rana Gurmit Singh Sodhi said he spoke to PGI doctors on Monday to enquire about the ‘Flying Sikh’s’ health.

“I am relieved to know from the doctors that Milkha Singh Ji is stable and responding to treatment,” Rana Sodhi said.

“I wish and pray for his early and speedy recovery.”

The 1960 Rome Olympian and former Commonwealth Games champion has been undergoing treatment at the PGIMER after he complained of breathlessness on June 3.

On June 3, doctors had said that the veteran athlete’s oxygen level had gone down, following which he was put under medical observation at the PGI Covid ICU.

On June 4, Milkha’s son Jeev Milkha Singh had tweeted that he was in a ‘stable’ condition. Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke with Milkha Singh on June 4 morning and wished him a speedy recovery, after which Jeev tweeted his thanks.

The ‘Flying Sikh’ had tested positive in May for COVID. “He has mild fever but is in good spirits and is being treated at home. He has been overwhelmed with the warmth and numerous calls he’s received and has thanked all his fans and well-wishers for their love & blessings. Milkha Family,” was the message posted on his Twitter handle on May 20.

On May 25, Milkha was admitted to Intensive Care Unit of Fortis Hospital in SAS Nagar adjoining Chandigarh. He had also developed pneumonia on May 24.

Milkha’s family members had tested negative.

The legendary athlete is a five-time Asian Games gold medallist but his greatest performance was the fourth-place finish in the 400m final of the 1960 Olympics.

He also won gold medals in the 1958 and 1962 Asian Games. He represented India in the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne, the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome, and the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

He was awarded the Padma Shri, India’s fourth-highest civilian honour, in recognition of his sporting achievements.

He still is the only Indian sprinter to win gold in the 400m at the Asian Games and the Commonwealth Games.

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