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Flying Sikh recalls his struggling life

Statesman News Service | Shimla |

“It was my dream to see an Indian athlete win a gold medal at the Olympics that I lost in Rome,” said the Flying Sikh, Milkha Singh on Monday in his interaction with the students of Shoolini University in Solan in Himachal Pradesh on Monday.

One of the greatest athletes in India, Milkha Singh won four gold medals at the Asian Games and was the first Indian to win a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in the 1958 Cardiff Empire Games.

The living legend got emotional on watching a clip from his biopic ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’, recollecting all the struggles of his life.

The Flying Sikh shared his life story recalling his childhood struggles and talked about his experience in the famous sporting event held at Pakistan in 1960 where he defeated his Pakistani contemporary Abdul Khaliq.

He encouraged the students to work hard and emphasised that hard work is even more important than competence. He said that youth is the future of the nation and they must work hard to bring glory to the nation.

Milkha Singh inaugurated an indoor sports complex that will be named after him as the Milkha Singh Sports Complex.

He was earlier accorded warm welcome at the Shaolin in varsity by Vice Chancellor PK Khosla and Pro Vice-Chancellor and Founder of the varsity, Atul Khosla.