‘The Flying Sikh will live forever. RIP’

The entire country paid glowing tribute to Indian sprint legend Milkha Singh, who died on Friday, after a month-long battle with COVID-19, during which he lost his wife Nirmal Kaur, a former national volleyball captain, to the same ailment.

From Neeraj Chopra to Harbhajan Singh to Saina Mirza, India’s top sportsperson mourned the passing away of one of the country’s biggest sporting icons.

Javelin star Neeraj Chopra: “We lost a Gem. He will always remain as an inspiration for every Indian. May his soul Rest in peace.”

Olympian Anju Bobby George: “A huge loss for the sport of athletics today. Rest well #MilkhaSingh ji,”

Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju: “India has lost its star. Milkha Singh Ji has left us but he will continue to inspire every Indian to shine for India. My deepest condolences to the family. I pray for his soul to rest in peace,”

Sports Authority of India (SAI): “A gold medalist at the CWG & Asian Games, he held the 400m National record for 38 years. Condolences to his family & the millions whom he inspired,” the SAI said in a tweet.

Athletics Federation of India: “Very very sad news for all #Indians, legend Shri Milkha Singh Ji passed away.”

Indian sprinter Mohamad Anas Yahiya: “Really shocked by the demise of the legend Milkha sir. You will forever have a very special place in my heart.The Flying Sikh will live forever. RIP”

Harbhajan Singh: “Very sad,heartbreaking to hear flying sikh Sardar Milkha singh ji is no more… waheguru RIPMilkhaSinghji.”

Sania Mirza: “Had the honour of meeting you and you blessed me so many times .. the kindest and warmest Palms up together RIP Milkha Singh sir .. the world will miss a legend like you ..MilkhaSingh.”

Javelin thrower Devendra Jhajharia: “Really shocked and sad to learn about the passing away of the legend Milkha Singh ji.  Om Shanti.”

Jwala Gutta: “What an inspiration you were to the millions like us…. There will be none like you sir Rest in peace legend MilkhaSingh.”

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