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Former triple-jumper Gill criticises Milkha

Gill,who won a bronze in the 1970 CWG and a silver at the 1974 CWG,lauded the Indian athletes for winning medals.

Written by Agencies | New Delhi | October 12, 2010 5:17:49 pm

Former triple-jumper Mohinder Singh Gill,who won two medals at the Commonwealth Games,on Tuesday said Milkha Singh should not have criticised the country’s athletes ahead of the ongoing CWG.

“I am disheartened as a former CWG medalist to see the criticism and discouragement for Indian athletes coming from Milkha Singh being a seasoned and a veteran player. From an athlete of his stature we expect constructive observation and active contribution to the nation in a sport that he excelled in,” he said.

“On my part I extend any advisory role in my discipline to all. I am also willing to get guidance available from foreign coaches to my fellow countrymen and women,” he added.

Milkha had said that Indian athletes were just not good enough to clinch medals in athletics but his assessment was proved wrong in the ongoing Games with Krishna Poonia bagging a discus throw gold.

Gill,who won a bronze in the 1970 CWG and a silver at the 1974 CWG,also lauded the Indian athletes for winning medals at the ongoing Games here.

“This CWG has seen history in the making,an achievement of a century as India wins gold,silver and bronze in the same event,by women. I would like to congratulate all three girls for their stupendous feet in the games. This is a historic step in women’s sports in India,” he said.

He specifically lauded the Indian women athletes for putting up a fine show in the competition. “I am glad to see a healthy mix of women performing from all sectors,with badminton dominating from south,weightlifters from the eastern belt,and athletics and wrestling dominated by women from the north. This is a new trend that is emerging and is very balanced for a strong team from across the country,” he said.

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