‘Brightest star of Indian sports’: Country pays tribute to Milkha Singh

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Milkha Singh, WHO, SEARSingh, 91, passed away due to Covid-related complications on Friday night.

From Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, condolences poured in from around the country following the death of legendary sprinter Milkha Singh.

Singh, 91, passed away due to Covid-related complications on Friday night. A 3-time Olympian and Asian Games, Commonwealth Games gold medalist, Milkha Singh put Indian athletics on the world map wiith his efforts on the track.

“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 said.

While highlighting his legacy and continued inspiration to countless Indians, Modi remembered his last conversation with Singh: “Had spoken to Shri Milkha Singh Ji just a few days ago, little did I know that it would be our last conversation.”

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

Home Minister Amit Shah also expressed his condolences to Milkha Singh’s family and countless his followers, saying that the nation will always remember him as one of the brightest stars of Indian sports. In a tweet, Shah said, “India mourns the sad demise of legendary sprinter Shri Milkha Singh Ji, The Flying Sikh. He has left an indelible mark on world athletics.”

India mourns the sad demise of legendary sprinter Shri Milkha Singh Ji, The Flying Sikh. He has left an indelible mark on world athletics. Nation will always remember him as one of the brightest stars of Indian sports. My deepest condolences to his family and countless followers. pic.twitter.com/HsHMXYHypx

— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) June 18, 2021

“India remembers her Flying Sikh,” said Congress leader Rahul Gandhi. “Shri Milkha Singh ji was not just a sports star but a source of inspiration for millions of Indians for his dedication and resilience,” he added.

Shri Milkha Singh ji was not just a sports star but a source of inspiration for millions of Indians for his dedication and resilience.

My condolences to his family and friends.

India remembers her #FlyingSikh pic.twitter.com/dE70KmiQJz

— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) June 19, 2021

The 91-year old Commonwealth Games champion had contracted Covid-19 a month back. Former national volleyball captain and Singh’s wife, Nirmal Kaur, too, had succumbed to the infection earlier this week.

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