COVID-19: Milkha Singh admitted to ICU at PGI Chandigarh

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Former India sprinter Milkha Singh (file image)
Former India sprinter Milkha Singh (file image)

Chandigarh (Punjab) [India], June 3 (ANI): Track legend Milkha Singh, who had tested positive for COVID-19 two weeks ago, was on Thursday admitted to the ICU in COVID hospital of Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education & Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh.

"He was admitted to the ICU due to dipping levels of oxygen. He has been kept under observation and is stable now," said Prof Ashok Kumar, Spokesperson, PGIMER, Chandigarh.

On May 24, Milkha Singh was admitted to Fortis Hospital in Mohali as a precautionary measure. He had tested positive for coronavirus two weeks ago and was in isolation at his home in Chandigarh.

His son, Jeev had also thanked everyone for the good wishes and said that his father was receiving wonderful care.

Milkha Singh is also known as The Flying Sikh. He still is the only Indian athlete to win gold in the 400m at the Asian Games and the Commonwealth Games.

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. (ANI)