Manohar Lal Khattar said “Flying Sikh”’ will always live in the hearts of Indians
Manohar Lal Khattar tweeted, “A Paragliding club will be opened in Haryana in honour of Milkha Singh ji – India’s beloved Flying Sikh.”
Earlier on Saturday, Khattar expressed his sorrow at the death of the 91-year-old track star on June 18 due to complications following the Covid treatment.
Khattar said “Flying Sikh”’ will always live in the hearts of Indians. “India has lost a star. Milkha Singh Ji has left us, but he will always inspire every Indian to shine for the country. ‘Flying Sikh’ will always live in the hearts of Indians. I pray to God for the peace of the pious soul. Humble tribute,” the Haryana CM tweeted.
“My humble and respectful tribute to the legendary sprinter, ‘Flying Sikh’ Milkha Singh ji. Arriving at his residence in Chandigarh, paid floral tributes to the holy soul by offering flowers and consoled him by meeting the bereaved family. We all stand with his family in this time of grief,” he wrote.
Milkha Singh, also known as The Flying Sikh, was a track and field sprinter who was introduced to the sport while serving in the Indian Army. He is the only athlete to win gold at 400 meters at the Asian Games as well as the Commonwealth Games.
He also won gold medals in the 1958 and 1962 Asian Games. He represented India in the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne, the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome and the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.
He was awarded the Padma Shri, India’s fourth-highest civilian honour, in recognition of his sporting achievements.