1955 Indian Women National Volleyball Team captain and Milkha Singh’ wife, Nirmal Kaur, 85, passed away in Fortis Hospital Mohali due to covid. While her soulmate Milkha Singh is still in ICU in the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) in Chandigarh due to the same disease. As per a statement released by her family at 4 pm this Sunday.
The cremation of this respected female player was conducted yesterday. However, Milkha Singh himself could not attend the cremation ceremony. The family has expressed their deepest gratitude for the prayers and respect that she had received from people.
A Sporty and Eventful Love Story
Born in Sheikhpura Pakistan on 8 October 1938. Nirmal Kaur is a respected figure in the field of volleyball and was also known for her other contributions to sports. She had been the captain of the Punjab Women Volleyball team on various occasion. In 1955, she went on the tour of Sri Lanka representing India in the sport. Where young Nirmal Kaur met young Milkha Singh. Where their friendship blossomed.
Nirmal Kaur got appointed as a sports administrator in Chandigarh in 1961 and 1962. Then promoted to the director of women sports. They both married in 1962 and have two children now. Son Jeev Milkha Singh is today an ace golfer and daughter Mona is a doctor herself.
Kaur first captained the women Indian team of volleyball in 1955 during the tour of Russia. Other than this she was very famous in the sports community for wearing a salwar kameez instead of shorts and skirts during national and international tournaments.
Some other contributions
Nirmal Kaur, not only was a marvellous sports person herself but also was famous for supporting many poor athletes in her personal capacity. She was also equally good as the sports director in Punjab. As three-sport complexes of international standards were built during her tenure. Kaur made sure that Chandigarh had the best sports facilities. She not only had organised national and international hockey and tennis tournaments during her working period. Notably, she was also the first one to host an Asia level water sports tournament in 1989 in Chandigarh. Nirmal Kaur finally retired in the early ’90s from the post of women sports director Punjab.