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Legendary Indian former track and field sprinter Milkha Singh, who is currently in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), has developed a fever and his oxygen saturation level has also dropped, the PGIMER hospital said on Friday.

The 91-year-old, who tested negative for Covid-19 on Wednesday and was shifted to the general ICU, is being closely monitored by a team of doctors.

The hospital staff informed media that Milkha Singh's health has deteriorated as he developed a fever on Thursday night, and his oxygen saturation levels dipped, the doctors added.

"It's been a slightly rough day for Milkha Ji. But he is battling away," read a statement from his family.

He had contracted COVID-19 last month and his 85-year-old wife Nirmal Kaur, who had also been infected by the virus, passed away at a private hospital in Mohali on Sunday, June 13.

Kaur was a former national women's volleyball team captain.

Milkha was admitted to PGIMER on June 3 after his oxygen levels dipped at home following treatment at the Fortis hospital in Mohali for a week.

The legendary athlete is a four-time Asian Games gold medallist and 1958 Commonwealth Games champion but his greatest performance remains the fourth-place finish in the 400m final of the 1960 Rome Olympics.

He also represented India in the 1956 and 1964 Olympics and was bestowed the Padma Shri in 1959.

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