Nirmal Kaur(85), the former Indian women volleyball team captain and wife of Milkha Singh, died at a Mohali hospital due to COVID-19 related complications on June 13.
Nirmal was brought to Fortis Hospital at Mohali on May 26, two days after Milkha was admitted to the same facility due to COVID-pneumonia.
Milkha was discharged on the request of the family a week later but Nirmal remained at the hospital, batting the dreaded infection.
Milkha was later admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of PGIMER and is battling for his life.
Singh’s family released a statement later on June 13, “We are deeply saddened to inform you that Mrs Nirmal Milkha Singh passed away after a valiant battle against COVID at 4 PM today. Former Director of Sports for Women in the Punjab Government and former captain of the Indian Women’s National Volleyball Team, Nirmal ji fought a valiant battle till the very end. A backbone of the Milkha Family, she was 85 years old. It is tragic that the Flying Sikh Milkha Singh ji could not attend the cremation which was conducted this evening itself as he is still in the ICU himself. The family has expressed its grateful thanks to everyone for their solidarity and prayers right through the battle which gave them the strength to face it bravely.”
Nirmal’s son and ace golfer Jeev Milkha Singh and daughter Mona Milkha Singh, who is a doctor in the United States were in attendance during the last rites.