Mulha Singh, one of India’s first sports superstars, has died at the age of 91 due to code-related complications.
Singh, popularly known as Flying Sikh, died late Friday at a hospital in the northern Indian city of Chandigarh, his family said.
Singh had a positive test for the code on May 20. The former volleyball captain, his wife, Nirmal Kaur, died a few days ago due to a virus. She was 85 years old.
The Sangh’s family said, “He struggled hard, but God has his ways.”
Singh was the first Indian athlete to win a gold medal in the Commonwealth Games in the 400 meters in 1958. He easily lost his Olympic medal, finishing fourth in the 400-meter final of the 1960 Rome Games.
Singh represented India in the Olympics in 1956, 1960 and 1964.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi pays tribute to the athlete:
Singh was born in a small village in undivided India, now in Pakistan. He saw that his parents and siblings were killed by mobs during the Partition of India, which killed one million people and led to the formation of India and Pakistan.
During the commotion, Singh escaped into the jungle and then managed to find a train that took him to Delhi, where he later joined the army.
His achievements on the track made him a national hero. The story of his becoming the first athletic champion of the newly created country continues for many generations. His life turned into a famous Bollywood movie, Run queen run Or run Malakha run in 2013.
Singh is survived by a son, golfer Jeff Mulha Singh, and three daughters.
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