The passing of sporting icon Milkha Singh fills my heart with grief. The story of his struggles and strength of character will continue to inspire generations of Indians. My deepest condolences to his family members, and countless admirers.
— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) June 18, 2021
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. His inspiring personality endeared himself to millions. Anguished by his passing away. pic.twitter.com/h99RNbXI28
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) June 18, 2021
Punjab CM Amarinder Singh additionally took to Twitter to specific his disappointment on the passing away of the ‘Flying Sikh.’
The Padma Shri awardee had contracted Covid-19 on May 19, and was earlier admitted on the Covid ICU of the identical hospital earlier than returning adverse on Wednesday. The 1958 Commonwealth Games gold medallist was admitted to the PGIMER on June 3 after his oxygen ranges dipped at dwelling following remedy on the Fortis hospital in Mohali for every week.
The legendary athlete’s best potency stays the fourth-place finish at intervals the 400m final of the 1960 Rome Olympiad. He in addition diagrammatical Asian nation at intervals the 1956 and 1964 Olympiad.
Singh, who was born in Gobindpura, now in current-day Pakistan, on November 30, 1928 as per faculty information, had change into the primary Indian athlete to win gold within the then British Empire and Commonwealth Games in Cardiff in 1958, a file which stood for greater than 50 years when Krishna Poonia received the gold in discus throw occasion in 2010 CWG at Delhi. Singh had emerged because the winner within the 400m ultimate in Cardiff edging out Malcolm Spence of South Africa with a timing of 46.6 seconds.
Singh had additionally received 4 Asian Games gold medals, together with the 200m and 400m wins within the 1956 Asian Games and 400m and 4X400m relay in 1962 Asian Games.
The nonagenarian was but to get jabbed for Covid-19, and on testing constructive on May 19, he had instructed this correspondent over phone, “It’s just a matter of time, I will be back soon, and get myself vaccinated.”
But future had one thing else written for him, as he handed away precisely after a month.