Jeev Milkha Singh loses mother Nirmal to COVID

Jeev Milkha Singh's parents, 'The Flying Sikh' Milkha Singh and Nirmal Kaur. Photo credit: Milkha family.

Former India women’s volleyball team captain Nirmal Kaur, wife of sprint legend Milkha Singh, died at a Mohali hospital due to complications related to Covid-19 infection she had contracted last month.

She was 85 and is survived by her husband, golfer son Jeev Milkha Singh, and three daughters.

“We are deeply saddened to inform you that Mrs Nirmal Milkha Singh passed away after a valiant battle against Covid at 4 pm today,” a statement from the Milkha family said.

“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 (of PGIMER in Chandigarh) himself.” 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, battling the dreaded infection. Milkha was later admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of PGIMER here and he is currently “stable and continues to improve”.

A former Director of Sports for Women in the Punjab Government and ex-captain of the Indian national volleyball team, Nirmal had fought a valiant battle till the very end, the family spokesperson said.

“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.”