Milkha Singh, one of independent India’s biggest sporting icons, who died of COVID-19 complications, will be cremated in Chandigarh on Saturday evening with full state honours. The Punjab government will also observe a day of state mourning in the wake of the death of the legendary athlete.
“The cremation will take place at 5 pm today (Saturday),” a spokesperson for the family, said.
The 91-year-old Milkha Singh died on Friday night after a month-long battle with COVID-19. He had lost his former national volleyball captain wife Nirmal Kaur to the same ailment.
The Padma Shri awardee, who was nicknamed ‘The Flying Sikh’ for his accomplishments, is survived by his golfer son Jeev Milkha Singh and three daughters.