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  • World Indian icon Milkha Singh passes away, aged 91.
  • His spouse, former India volleyball captain Nirmal Kaur, had additionally died attributable to COVID-19 issues.
  • Nicknamed the “Flying Sikh”, Milkha Singh ran at three successive Olympic Video games and completed fourth within the 400 metres in Rome in 1960.

NEW DEHLI: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi mentioned the nation had misplaced a “colossal sportsperson” following the demise of Milkha Singh, one in all its most well-known Olympians, on the age of 91 on Friday.

Dash nice Singh, who was nicknamed the “Flying Sikh”, ran at three successive Olympic Video games and completed fourth within the 400 metres in Rome in 1960 when the primary 4 dwelling all ran quicker than the earlier world file.

His demise attributable to COVID-19 issues comes days after his spouse, former India volleyball captain Nirmal Kaur, had died attributable to related causes.

“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 tweeted.

“His inspiring personality endeared himself to millions. Anguished by his passing away.

“I had spoken to Shri Milkha Singh Ji just some days in the past. Little did I do know it could be our final dialog. A number of budding athletes will derive power from his life journey. My condolences to his household and plenty of admirers all around the world.”

Singh, the father of former Asian Tour number one golfer Jeev Milkha Singh, was a popular figure throughout his life and inspired a biopic titled “Bhaag Milkha Bhaag” (Run, Milkha, Run) which was launched in 2013.

The 2-times Asian Video games champion in 400m and Commonwealth champion in 1958 famously offered his life story to the filmmaker for a cut-price one rupee within the hope that the biopic would possibly encourage the youth of India.

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