Milkha Singh died Friday, at the age of 91, after a long battle with covid 19. Punjab government has now confirmed that he will be given a state funeral.
Punjab chief minster chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh tweeted, “Have directed that Late Milkha Singh Ji will be given a State Funeral by our Government. Also Punjab will observe one day of State mourning as a mark of respect to the departed legend.”
Milkha Singh died aged 91 following a long battle with Covid-19. Singh, dubbed the “Flying Sikh”, passed away at a hospital in Chandigarh late on Friday. Nirmal Kaur, former India volleyball captain and his wife, also died from Covid-19 earlier in the week.
Singh, track-and-field athlete, was the first Indian man to reach the final of an Olympic athletics event when he was placed fourth in the 400m race at the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome.