Singh, who had tested positive for Covid-19 two weeks ago, was on Thursday admitted to the ICU in the Covid hospital of Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education & Research (PGIMER) here.
PM Modi wished Singh a speedy recovery and hoped he will be back soon to bless and inspire the athletes who are participating in the Tokyo Olympics.
On May 24, Singh was admitted to Fortis Hospital in Mohali as a precautionary measure. He had tested positive for coronavirus and was in isolation at his home in Chandigarh. His son, Jeev had also thanked everyone for the good wishes and said that his father was receiving wonderful care.
Singh’s wife, Nirmal Kaur, is also under treatment for Covid-19. According to Thursday’s medical bulletin on her condition, she continues to be in the ICU with fluctuating oxygen requirement.
Singh, famously known as the ‘Flying Sikh’, still is the only Indian athlete to win gold in the 400m at the Asian Games and the Commonwealth Games. He also won gold medals in the 1958 and 1962 Asian Games.
Singh represented India in the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne, the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome and the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.
He was awarded the Padma Shri, India’s fourth-highest civilian honour, in recognition of his sporting achievements.