Milkha Singh as ‘Flying Sikh’ dies due to Covid complications

 Milkha Singh as ‘Flying Sikh’ dies due to Covid complications

Milkha Singh dies due at 91 to Covid complications

New Delhi, 19 June: Indian Prime Minister(PM) Narendra Modi said the country had lost a “colossal sportsperson” following the death of Milkha Singh, one of its most famous Olympians, at the age of 91.

Sprint great Singh, who was nicknamed the “Flying Sikh”, ran at three successive Olympic Games and finished fourth in the 400 metres in Rome in 1960 when the first four home all ran faster than the previous world record.

His death due to COVID-19 complications comes days after his wife, former India volleyball captain Nirmal Kaur, had died due to similar reasons.

“In the passing away of Shri Milkha Singh Ji, we have lost a colossal sportsperson, who captured the nation’s imagination and had a special place in the hearts of countless Indians,” Modi tweeted.

“His inspiring personality endeared himself to millions. Anguished by his passing away.

“I had spoken to Shri Milkha Singh Ji just a few days ago. Little did I know 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.”

Milkha Singh’s(Flying Sikh) achievements

Singh, the father of former Asian Tour number one golfer Jeev Milkha Singh, was a popular figure throughout his life and inspired a biopic titled “Bhaag Milkha Bhaag” (Run, Milkha, Run) which was released in 2013.

The two-times Asian Games champion in 400m and Commonwealth champion in 1958 famously sold his life story to the filmmaker for a cut-price one rupee in the hope that the biopic might inspire the youth of India.

Read more: Ziona Chana: Head of ‘world’s largest family’ dies in India’s Mizoram state

A 76-year-elderly person accepted to be the top of the world’s biggest family has passed on in India’s Mizoram state.

Ziona Chana, the top of a strict group that tries out polygamy. Kicked the bucket on Sunday, leaving behind 38 spouses, 89 children, and 36 grandkids.

The news was affirmed by Mizoram’s main clergyman, Zoramthanga. Who gave his comfort on Twitter “with crushing sadness”.

Chana purportedly experienced diabetes and hypertension.

Web Desk

Related post