Vinay Kumar initially started running on roads before training at Government College, Mohali. A chance meeting with coach Arvind Chahal, who was interning at Panjab University, meant that Kumar trained under him at PU grounds.
Singh, who had become India’s first-ever athlete to win a gold medal in Commonwealth Games in 1958, termed Hima’s achievement a historic one and said the athlete would improve with time at the senior level too.
Milkha Singh said, "I had been demanding for the past over two years that Rathore should be made the sports minister. Recently, I had a chance to meet BJP chief Amit Shah over dinner and I told him that Rathore was the most deserving person to be given the job."