Chandigarh: Legend Indian sprinter Milkha Singh’s wife, Nirmal Kaur, on Sunday died at the age of 85 after losing her battle with coronavirus. Back in May 2021, she had tested positive for COVID-19.
“We are deeply saddened to inform you that Nirmal Milkha Singh passed away after a valiant battle against Covid-19 at 4 PM today,” read a family statement.
The former Director of Sports for Women in the Punjab Government, Nirmal Kaur was also a former skipper of the Indian women’s national volleyball squad.
Punjab Sports Minister Rana Gurmit Singh Sodhi, on Sunday, shared an heartfelt post while condoling the demise of Nirmala Milkha Singh. In a message, the Sports Minister said, “I am deeply saddened to learn about the death of Nirmala Milkha Singh, which is extremely shocking and unfortunate.”
Furthermore, Shiromani Akali Dal President Sukhbir Singh Badal also took to Twitter and shared an emotional post.
“My heartfelt sympathies with S Milkha Singh ji on the sad demise of his wife Nirmal Milkha Singh, former captain of Indian Women’s Volleyball team. May the Almighty grant strength to the family to tide over the grief. @JeevMilkhaSingh,” Badal said in a tweet.
My heartfelt sympathies with S Milkha Singh ji on the sad demise of his wife Nirmal Milkha Singh, former captain of Indian Women's Volleyball team. May the Almighty grant strength to the family to tide over the grief.@JeevMilkhaSingh pic.twitter.com/uBWl4qo36i
— Sukhbir Singh Badal (@officeofssbadal) June 13, 2021
Meanwhile, former Indian sprinter Milkha Singh also tested positive for COVID-19 two weeks ago and was in isolation at his Chandigarh home before he was admitted to the ICU at PGIMER, Chandigarh.
Dr. Jagat Ram, Director, PGIMER, Chandigarh provided an update on Milkha Singh’s health saying: “Milkha Singh’s saturation has improved. Parameters are stable.”
Last week, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had also spoken to Milkha Singh and expressed hope that the iconic former athlete will be back soon to “bless and inspire athletes, who will be participating in the Tokyo Olympics.”
The legendary athlete is a five-time Asian Games gold medallist, with one of his greatest achievement being the fourth place finish in the 400m final of the 1960 Olympics.