NEW DELHI: President Ram Nath Kovind and Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, on Saturday, condoled the demise of sporting icon Milkha Singh.
Mourning his loss of life, the President stated the story of Milkha Singh’s struggles and power of character will proceed to encourage generations of Indians.
“The passing of sporting icon Milkha Singh fills my coronary heart with grief. The story of his struggles and power of character will proceed to encourage generations of Indians. My deepest condolences to his relations, and numerous admirers,” the official account of Rashtrapati Bhavan tweeted.
Singh handed away at 11.30 pm on Friday night time on the age of 91. He had examined optimistic for COVID-19 in Might this 12 months. He’s survived by one son and three daughters. His son Jeev Milkha Singh can be a famend Golfer.
“Deeply saddened to listen to that Shri Milkha Singh ji has handed away. By way of his scintillating performances on the world stage, the legendary athlete has stirred and impressed each Indian – and never simply in sports activities,” the official account of Vice President tweeted.
“Shri Milkha Singh ji’s heart-touching life journey will proceed to encourage many extra aspiring Indian athletes to dream massive and push their boundaries. My condolences to his household and admirers on this hour of grief. Om Shanti,”Naidu added.
Union Minister Amit Shah, Union Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports activities Kiren Rijiju together with Former Union Minister Suresh Prabhu additionally mourned the passing away of the legendary sprinter.
“India mourns the unhappy demise of legendary sprinter Shri Milkha Singh Ji, The Flying Sikh. He has left an indelible mark on world athletics. Nation will at all times keep in mind him as one of many brightest stars of Indian sports activities. My deepest condolences to his household and numerous followers,” Tweeted Shah.
Rijiju additionally took to Twitter and promised the departed soul that he’ll fulfill his final want.
“I promise you Milkha Singh ji that we are going to fulfill your final want. India has misplaced its star. Milkha Singh Ji has left us however he’ll proceed to encourage each Indian to shine for India. My deepest condolences to the household. I pray for his soul to relaxation in peace,” the Sports activities Minister tweeted.
Former Minister Prabhu, in his condolence message, stated that Milkha Singh will at all times be remembered by sports activities fans and kids for motivation.
“Unhappy to find out about passing away of Milkha Singh the celebrated athlete who not simply gained medals on the observe, however earned a everlasting place in hearts of all Indians for his position mannequin life and excessive values. He’ll at all times be remembered by sports activities fans and kids for motivation. Om Shanti,” Prabhu tweeted.
Earlier as we speak, the bereaved household knowledgeable concerning the loss of life of the previous Indian Sprinter, often known as the Flying Sikh, in an announcement.
The previous Indian sprinter had examined optimistic for COVID-19 final month and was in isolation at his residence in Chandigarh earlier than he was admitted to the ICU of Publish Graduate Institute of Medical Training and Analysis (PGIMER) hospital in Chandigarh.
In an announcement, PGIMER knowledgeable that Milkha Singh was admitted to the ICU of COVID Hospital of PGIMER on June 3.
“He was handled for COVID there until June 13 when after placing up a valiant battle with COVID, Milkha Singh Ji examined unfavorable. Nevertheless, because of post- Covid problems, he was shifted out of COVID Hospital to medical ICU. However regardless of one of the best of efforts by the medical group, Milkha Singh ji couldn’t be retrieved from his crucial situation and after a courageous combat, he left for his heavenly abode at 11.30 pm on 18th June 2021 right here at PGIMER,” the Hospital stated.
Singh’s spouse and former Captain of the Indian Girls Nationwide Volleyball group, Nirmal Milkha Singh succumbed to COVID-19 on the age of 85 on June 13.
The legendary athlete is a four-time Asian Video games gold-medalist and 1958 Commonwealth Video games champion. He’s nonetheless the one Indian athlete to win Gold within the Asian and Commonwealth Championship. He was awarded the Padma Shri, India’s fourth-highest civilian honor, in recognition of his sporting achievements.