New Delhi: Former Indian women’s volleyball team captain and sprinter Milkha Singh’s wife, Nirmal Kaur, passed away on June 13, after suffering from Covid-19 and battling the virus for more than 19 days at a Mohali hospital. The family released a statement on June 13, sharing the painful news of her death.
Nirmal Kaur or Nimmi was admitted to the same hospital for her COVID-19 treatment, where her husband Milkha Singh was admitted after testing positive for the deadly coronavirus infection. However, the 85-year-old breathed her last yesterday and is survived by her husband Milkha Singh, son Jeev Milkha Singh and three daughters – Dr Mona Singh, Aleeza Grover, Sonia Sanwalka.
Nirmal, who was married to Milkha Singh on May 5, 1963, and had been strength of the Milkha family since the last six decades, suffered from Covid pneumonia and was on High Flow Nasal Cannula (HFNC) and Non Invasive Ventilation (NIV) support since June 4. She was cremated on Sunday evening as per the statement issued by Milkha Singh family. Milkha Singh, who is still in ICU of PGIMER, could not attend the cremation.
Milkha who penned his autobiography, ‘The Race of My Life’, released in 2013, writes about his wife in a chapter titled, ‘The jewels in my crown’, “Nimmi is a devoted wife and mother. I am still amazed by how efficiently she manages her personal and professional life without letting either of them suffer.”
Back in 2019 in a media interview, Nirmal Kaur had mentioned how a sentence from this autobiography was a gift for her from her husband. She said, “If we talk of the biggest gift given by him to me, it is the lines which he wrote in his autobiography: ‘I have many trophies but the biggest trophy for me has been my wife Nirmal Milkha Singh.”
The two moved to Chandigarh from Delhi after their marriage in 1963 and served in the Punjab sports department till they retired in 1980.