Farewell Nirmal Milkha Singh – a friend, guide and philanthropist: The Tribune India
Tribune press service
Chandigarh, June 13
The sadness has spread throughout the sports fraternity as Nirmal Milkha Singh, 84, a brutal administrator, kind personality and philanthropist, lost her battle against Covid-19 tonight. She had tested positive for the virus on May 26 and remained under strict observation until her last breath.
A former captain of the Indian volleyball team and wife of former Indian sprinter Milkha Singh breathed her last in a private hospital in Mohali. She was cremated at the Sector 25 cremation ground. The ceremony was attended by her son Jeev Milkha Singh and daughter Mona Milkha Singh and others.
“Nirmal Milkha Singh has passed away after a valiant battle against Covid. A former director of women’s sports in the Punjab government, Nirmal fought a valiant battle to the very end. She was the backbone of the Milkha family. It is tragic that her husband was unable to attend the cremation because he is still in intensive care, ”reads a statement from the Milkha family.
Chandigarh’s first co-director of sports, she joined the department in September 1984 when it was created and became director of sports in August 1988. She remained in office until 1993.
During her tenure, the ministry laid the foundation stone for the Sports Complex in Sector 42. She was very interested in the promotion of sport. Under his supervision, the city has hosted three Asian Rowing Championships, an international equestrian event and numerous national games. During her tenure with the national hockey body, she led various Asian Games camps for hockey in Chandigarh. Nirmal was always ready to help the needy. In one of those cases, she helped a teenage hockey player, who was working as a laborer, after The Tribune reported her condition. She often asked questions about the welfare of sportsmen and media fraternity coaches.
During her last conversation with this correspondent, she was confident of defeating the Covid. “I wish Sardar ji (Milkha Singh) will recover soon. How could I survive on my own, ”Nirmal had said. However, fate had other plans.
She was known to be the Iron Lady of the UT Sports Department. His contribution to sport has been immense and the city still benefits from the infrastructure built under his leadership, said KS Bharti, former co-director of sports, UT.
Punjab Sports Minister Rana Gurmit Singh Sodhi regretted Nirmal’s death. “I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Nirmala Milkha Singh, which is extremely shocking and unhappy,” he said.
Prof Jagat Ram, Director of PGI, said: “Widely known for her multiple achievements in sports and her extensive philanthropic work, she will be remembered for her accomplishments on and off the field. “
Was City’s first co-director of sports
Chandigarh’s first co-director of sports, she joined the department in September 1984 when it was created and became director of sports in August 1988. She remained in office until 1993. During her tenure, the department laid down the first stone of the Sports Complex Sector 42.
I am deeply saddened by the disappearance of Nirmal Milkha Singh ji. May the Almighty give his family the strength to face this gigantic loss. I also wish the legendary Milkha Singh a speedy recovery. –Kiren Rijiju, Union Minister of Sports
I am saddened to learn of the passing of one of the iconic volleyball players who brought many laurels to the country, making every Punjabi proud. –Capt Amarinder Singh, Chief Minister of Punjab
A great loss for the sports fraternity. She was a great personality. May the Almighty give the family the strength to endure this irreparable loss. –Tejdeep Singh Saini, Director, Sports, UT