Former Indian sprinter Milkha Singh, who was admitted to Chandigarh's Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education & Research (PGIMER), on Thursday is in a stable condition, confirmed the official spokesperson of the hospital.
"Former Indian sprinter Milkha Singh, being unwell due to COVID 19, was admitted here yesterday. His condition is stable," said Prof. Ashok Kumar, Official Spokesperson PGIMER, Chandigarh.
Fondly called "flying Sikh", Milkha Singh, who recently contracted COVID-19 infection, was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the hospital due to dipping levels of oxygen.
Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to the legendary sprinter and enquired about his health.
PM Modi expressed hope that Singh will be back soon to bless and inspire athletes, who will be participating in the Tokyo Olympics, government sources told news agency PTI.
Singh's son Jeev Milkha Singh, a well known professional golfer, thanked PM Modi for calling up his father to enquire about his health.
He tweeted, "Many thanks to Prime Minister @narendramodi for taking time out from his busy schedule and call dad to find out about his health. Dad had to shifted back to the hospital yesterday. He is stable." "And once again, thank you also to everyone who has kept him in their thoughts," he added.