Milkha Singh, India’s track and field legend, was admitted to a hospital on Thursday, just days after being released from the hospital. The 91-year-old has been admitted to the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) in Chandigarh’s Nehru Hospital Extension.
According to The Indian Express, the legend was admitted earlier in the day after his oxygen level dropped.
“Milkha Singh was admitted to the Nehru Hospital Extension at PGIMER at 3.35 p.m. today due to low oxygen levels. A team of doctors is monitoring him,” a PGIMER official was quoted as saying in the report.
Milkha Singh, who tested positive for the novel coronavirus, had previously spent six days in a Mohali hospital before being discharged.
Meanwhile, the former athlete’s wife, Nirmal Kaur, is battling the virus and is currently in the intensive care unit at the Mohali hospital.
According to reports, Milkha Singh may have contracted the COVID-19 virus from his domestic help last month.
Jeev, the couple’s son and ace golfer, flew down to Chandigarh from Dubai on Saturday, while Mona Milkha Singh, a doctor in the United States, arrived a few days ago.
The legendary athlete won four Asian Games gold medals and a Commonwealth Games gold medal in 1958, but his best performance was a fourth-place finish in the 400m final at the 1960 Rome Olympics. His time in the Italian capital was the national record for 38 years until it was broken in 1998 by Paramjeet Singh.
Milkha also represented India in the Olympics in 1956 and 1964, and he was awarded the Padma Shri in 1959.
– with PTI inputs