The 91-year-old most beloved athlete of India, Milkha Singh, nicknamed the Flying Sikh passed away at a hospital in Chandigarh on Friday 18th June after a month-long battle with COVID-19, during which he lost his wife and former national volleyball captain Nirmal Kaur to the same ailment.
Milkha singh incredible achievements
He is the only athlete to win gold in 400 metres race at the Asian Games as well the Commonwealth Games. He also won gold medals in the 1958 and 1962 Asian Games. He represented India in the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne, the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome and the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his tweet wrote – I had spoken to Shri Milkha Singh Ji just a few days ago. Little did I know that it would be our last conversation. Several budding athletes will derive strength from his life journey. My condolences to his family and many admirers all over the world.
“Shri Milkha Singh ji was not just a sports star but a source of inspiration for millions of Indians for his dedication and resilience,” Rahul Gandhi tweeted.
“My condolences to his family and friends. India remembers her #FlyingSikh,” the former Congress chief said.
Young minister Sachin Pilot in his twitter wrote: Shri. Milkha Singh ji contribution to the Indian sports will always be remembered and will inspire generation to come.
wrote : Deeply saddened to learn about the passing away of legendary athlete, Shri Milkha Singh ji. His contribution to the Indian sports will always be remembered and will inspire generations to come. My heartfelt condolences to his family and fans.
May the departed soul find peace.
Cricketing Icon Sachin Tendulkar in his message wrote : Rest in Peace our very own ‘Flying Sikh’ Milkha Singh ji. Your demise has left a deep void in every Indian’s heart today, but you shall keep inspiring several generations to come.