Legendary Indian sprinter Milkha Singh, who tested positive for COVID-19, was hospitalized on Monday, and his son and golfer Jeev Milkha Singh said the move was a precaution.
Milkha, 91, was in solitary confinement at his residence in Chandigarh after taking a positive test for the virus on Wednesday. He is now being admitted to Fortis Hospital in Mohali.
Hospital sources say Milkha’s condition is “stable.”
“He was hospitalized. He was weak and hadn’t eaten since yesterday, so we had to hospitalize him. Although his parameters looked good, we thought it was safer to take him where he would be under the supervision of senior doctors,” he said. Zheev PTI.
“He takes good care of the doctors there. He is a strong man, always positive and will soon recover,” added the golfer, who arrived here on Saturday from Dubai after his father was positive.
Earlier, Milkha said several domestic helpers were infected with the virus, after which his family was tested.
“Only I came back positive on Wednesday and I’m surprised,” Milha told PTI after passing positive results.
None of the other family members, including Milha’s wife Nirmal Kaur, a former Indian volleyball captain, tested positive.
“Wishing a speedy recovery to the Flying Sikh Milkha Singh Ji, who was admitted to a hospital in Mohali for treatment # Covid19. Get well soon, sir!” Chief Minister of Punjab Capt. Amarinder Singh tweet.
Earlier, Nirmal Kaur had said that PGIMER had sent a companion here, along with oxygen equipment, to take care of him at his home.
The legendary athlete is a four-time Asian gold medalist and champion of the British Community Games in 1958, but his greatest performance was in fourth place in the 400m final of the 1960 Rome Olympics.
His time in the Italian capital remained a national record for 38 years, until Parameet Singh broke it in 1998.
He also represented India at the 1956 and 1964 Olympic Games and in 1959 was awarded the Padma Sri.