Flying Sikh Milkha Singh: ‘Thank You Milkhaji, Your Legacy will fly high’, India pays tribute to its legendary Track and Field Hero

Flying Sikh Milkha Singh, Milkha Singh

Flying Sikh Milkha Singh – Milkha Singh Passes Away: Indian sprint legend Milkha Singh died on Friday after a month-long battle with COVID-19, during which he lost his former national volleyball captain wife Nirmal Kaur to the same ailment.

“The cremation will take place at 5 pm today (Saturday),” a spokesperson for the family, said.

The entire nation paid tribute to one of India’s greatest athlete, calling his death “an end of an era”.

An era comes to an end as the ‘Flying Sikh’ Milkha Singh ji bids adieu to the world. A legendary sprinter, he was the epitome of dedication, humility & National glory. Milkha Singh Ji’s inspirational journey & contribution to Indian sports will be remember forever. Om Shanti,” Indian Home Minister Amit Shah tweeted.

— Smriti Z Irani (@smritiirani) June 18, 2021

 

 

Sriram Singh, who was seventh in the 800m in the 1976 Olympic Games, remembered his “senior” Milkha Singh and termed his death as an “irreparable” loss to the nation.
“It’s very sad to learn about the demise of great Milkha Singh Ji. He was my senior and was CWG gold medalist. He had played Asian games and Olympics which inspired the younger generation. He was a great runner who made our country proud of his hard work and dedication,” Sriram told ANI.

“There are so many memories with him, he always used to guide people and was a very positive man. Two days back I had called him up and he was recovering. He was unlucky otherwise he would have had an Olympic medal. His loss is irreparable and the whole nation will always remember him. I express my heartfelt condolences to the family, he added.

 

 

Flying Sikh Milkha Singh – Milkha Singh Passes Away: The Padma Shri awardee was 91 and is survived by his golfer son Jeev Milkha Singh and three daughters.

He breathed his last at 11.30pm,” a family spokesperson told PTI.

His condition turned critical this evening as he developed complications, including fever and dipping oxygen saturation levels, after a bout with COVID-19, in the Intensive Care Unit of the PGIMER hospital here.

Flying Sikh Milkha Singh – Milkha Singh Passes Away: He had contracted COVID-19 last month and tested negative for the virus on Wednesday when he was shifted to general ICU in another block of the hospital.

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

Flying Sikh Milkha Singh – Milkha Singh Passes Away: He also represented India in the 1956 and 1964 Olympics and was bestowed the Padma Shri in 1959.