Updated: June 19, 2021 1:21:20 pm
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.
President Ram Nath Kovind said that the the demise of Singh fills his heart with grief and that the story of the sporting icon’s struggles and strength of character will continue to inspire generations of Indians.
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
“Deeply saddened to hear that Shri Milkha Singh ji has passed away. Through his scintillating performances on the world stage, the legendary athlete has stirred and inspired every Indian – and not just in sports, Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu tweeted.
Anguished by the passing away of Shri Guruprasad Mohapatra, Secretary DPIIT & former chairman of the Airports Authority of India.He was a distinguished civil servant who worked extensively in the power sector, industry & urban development. My condolences to his family. Om Shanti!
— Vice President of India (@VPSecretariat) June 19, 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,” 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.
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) June 19, 2021
Calling it an end to his glorious chapter, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said Singh will remain immortal in the hearts of the people.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said that ‘Flying Sikh’ will always make the citizens of this country proud. The void created in the world of sports by his death will be difficult to fill, Adityanath added.
सुविख्यात धावक, ‘पद्मश्री’ से सम्मानित ‘फ्लाइंग सिख’ श्री मिल्खा सिंह जी का निधन खेल जगत की अपूरणीय क्षति है। उनका जीवन राष्ट्र के लिए अप्रतिम प्रेरणा है।
प्रभु श्री राम दिवंगत पुण्यात्मा को अपने परम धाम में स्थान व शोकाकुल परिजनों को यह दुःख सहने की शक्ति प्रदान करें।
— Yogi Adityanath (@myogiadityanath) 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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