New Delhi: India sports fraternity on Saturday expressed deep condolences at the demise of legendary Indian sprinter Milkha Singh. From former India cricketers in Sourav Ganguly and Sachin Tendulkar, to current track star Hima Das, the entire sports community paid heartfelt tributes to the inspirational Flying Sikh.
Milkha Singh passed away at 11.30 pm on Friday night at the age of 91 due to post-COVID-19 complications. Earlier in May, he had tested positive for coronavirus.
Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) President Sourav Ganguly took to Twitter today and wrote: “Extremely saddened by this news ..RIP ,India’s one of the greatest sportsman..you have made young Indians dream of becoming an athlete..had the privilege of knowing you so closely..”
Extremely saddened by this news ..RIP ,India's one of the greatest sportsman..you have made young Indians dream of becoming an athlete..had the privilege of knowing you so closely .. pic.twitter.com/mbEk9WPDBd
— Sourav Ganguly (@SGanguly99) June 19, 2021
Meanwhile, Sachin Tendulkar echoed the sentiments and wrote: “Rest in Peace our very own ‘Flying Sikh’ Milkha Singh ji. Your demise has left a deep void in every Indian’s heart today, but you shall keep inspiring several generations to come.”
Rest in Peace our very own ‘Flying Sikh’ Milkha Singh ji.
Your demise has left a deep void in every Indian’s heart today, but you shall keep inspiring several generations to come. pic.twitter.com/ImljefeUEN
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) June 19, 2021
Ace Indian sprinter Hima Das and Olympian Anju Bobby George also paid homage towards Singh today.
“Heartbreaking to hear that flying Sikh legend Milkha Singh sir is no more. The nation will always remember you sir and seek an inspiration from your life forever. RIP #MilkhaSingh sir,” Hima Das tweeted.
“A huge loss for the sport of athletics today. Rest well #MilkhaSingh ji,” Anju Bobby George tweeted.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice-President M. Venkaiah Naidu and other top national leaders also paid their tribute towards the late Milkha Singh.
The legendary athlete is a four-time Asian Games gold-medallist and 1958 Commonwealth Games champion. He is still the only Indian athlete to win Gold in the Asian and Commonwealth Championship. He was awarded the Padma Shri, India’s fourth-highest civilian honor, in recognition of his sporting achievements.
He is survived by one son and three daughters. His son Jeev Milkha Singh is also a renowned Golfer.