Singh, a four-time Asian Games gold medalist, has died at a hospital in the northern Indian city of Chandigarh.
Milha Singh, one of India’s first sports superstars, Jace, who overcame a childhood tragedy to become the country’s most famous athlete, has died at the age of 91.
Singh, a four-time Asian Games gold medalist known as the Flying Sikh, died at a hospital in the northern Indian city of Chandigarh late Friday night.
His wife, Nirmal Kaur, a former volleyball captain, died just days before the virus. He was 85 years old.
“He struggled hard, but God has his ways,” the Singh family said in a statement.
“I spent my childhood in Pakistan and my youth in India. “Wherever I ran, both India and Pakistan ran with me.”
– Milkha Singh
– Կուլդիպ Լալ (@diplal) June 20, 2021
Singh was the first Indian athlete to win a gold medal in the 400m at the Commonwealth Games in the 400m in 1958.
Singh represented India at the 1956, 1960 and 1964 Olympic Games.
Ric’s icon, Sachin Tendulkar, said Singh’s legacy would continue.
“Rest in peace from our own ‘Flying Sikh’ Milkha Singh Ji,” he tweeted. “Your demise has left a deep void in the heart of every Indian today, but you will continue to inspire generations to come.”
Indian women’s tennis star Sania Mirza said that “the world will never miss a legend like you.”
Run, Milkha, run
His becoming an elite athlete made Singh a national hero and inspired the 2013 Bollywood film “Bhaag Milkha Bhaag” (run, Milkha, run).
The film stars Farhan Akhtar, who won major awards for his portrayal of the star athlete, in an emotional message of tribute to Singh.
“You came up with an idea. You presented a dream, “Akhtar wrote on social media. “You presented (to use your own words) how hard work, honesty and determination can lift a person from his knees and make him touch the sky.”
– Farhan Akhtar (@FarOutAkhtar) June 20, 2021
The title of the film refers to the shocking last words uttered by his father to Singh.
When he died, he told Singh to flee, otherwise he too would have been killed in the post-partisan riots that devastated the continent.
Singh ran for his life and boarded a train with other refugees. More than a million people are estimated to have died in sectarian bloodshed.
“We all grew up with Milkha’s folklore, she’s a bigger figure than us,” said film director Rakeish Mehra in 2013. For the West. “
– hardik pandya (@ hardikpandya7) June 20, 2021
I had the honor to meet you և you have blessed me many times .. kindest և warmest 🤲🏽 RIP Milkha Singh sir .. the world will miss a legend like you .. # MilkhaSingh:
– Sania Mirza (@ MirzaSania) June 18, 2021