Milkha Singh tests COVID-19 positive, says I'm in 'high spirits'
Legendary Indian sprinter Milkha Singh has tested positive for COVID-19 and is in isolation at his Chandigarh residence. The 91-year-old, popularly known as Flying Sikh, is asymptomatic and claims to be in "high spirits." "A couple of our helpers tested positive and so all the family members did the tests. Only I returned positive on Wednesday and I am surprised," Milkha told PTI.
I will be alright in three-four days: Singh
"I am fine and there is no fever or cough. My doctor told me I will be alright in three-four days. I did jogging just yesterday. I am in high spirits," he added.
His son Jeev Milkha Singh will return home this Saturday
The legendary athlete is a five-time Asian Games gold medalist but his greatest performance was the fourth-place finish in the 400m final of the 1960 Olympics. Milkha's son and ace golfer Jeev Milkha Singh is in Dubai and said he would be returning to the country this week itself. "I will be flying back home on Saturday," said Jeev.
Many top sportspersons have contracted the virus till date
A host of athletes and sportspersons have tested positive for coronavirus till now. Prominent names include Sachin Tendulkar, who tested positive in March-end, Irfan Pathan, and his brother Yusuf Pathan, both of whom tested positive also toward the end of March. Para-athlete gold medalist Nishad Kumar, shuttler Saina Nehwal, cricketers S Badrinath, Nitish Rana, and Harmanpreet Kaur, among others, also contracted the virus.