Captain Milkha Singh, also known as The Flying Sikh, was an Indian track and field sprinter who was introduced to the sport while serving in the Indian Army. He is the only athlete to win gold in 400 metres race at the Asian Games as well the Commonwealth Games.
Milkha Singh passed away aged 91 on Friday night after fighting a long battle with Covid-19. He breathed his last at PGIMER, as per media reports. The 1965 Commonwealth Games winner was unwell for quite some time, he was also taken to the hospital a couple of weeks back. The ace athlete succumbed to Covid five days after his wife Nirmal Kaur passed away. The former Indian women volleyball team captain also contracted the disease last month and was battling the dreaded infection with a lot of courage.
Farhan Akhtar, who played Milkha Singh in Rakyesh Omprakash Mehra’s Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, paid a moving tribute to the sports legend. Amitabh Bachchan, Mohanlal, Mahesh Babu and others mourned the loss.
Later in the day, legendary actor Dharmendra took to Twitter and mourned the loss of Milka Singh. Calling him the ‘son of Mother India,’ Dharmendra wrote, “The real hero, Milkha Singh THE GREAT Thumbs up you have left us forever !!! We salute you, Son of Mother India Flag of India. you will always be remembered with great love and respect. May your soul Rest In peace.”
Many other personalities such as Shah Rukh Khan, Akshay Kumar, Amitabh Bachchan and Priyanka Chopra also took to their social media handles to express their grief.