Recalling the declaration of a national holiday by then Prime Minister, late Jawaharlal Nehru, when Milkha Singh defeated Pak champion Abdul Khaliq in Lahore in 1960, the CM said emotionally that he wished he could have also declared a national holiday today.
Legendary athlete Milkha Singh on Tuesday unveiled his wax figure, which will be installed at Madame Tussauds in Delhi on December 1, and said it will inspire generations after he is gone.
The statue, sculpted in a spectacular sprint pose chosen from his victorious win at the 1958 Commonwealth Games, will be displayed at the sports zone.
“It is a big thing. Milkha Singh may live for another couple of years, but long after I am gone, this statue will continue to inspire future generations,” The 85-year-old ‘flying sikh’s wax told PTI on the sidelines of the function.
“It is a great honour to have my statue along side some top personalities”.
Milkha, who had missed a bronze medal by a whisker in the 1960 Rome Olympics, said he was deeply touched by the move.
“Milkha Singh is living his last days. An earthen lamp’s glow is brightest towards the end, in the same manner I am humbled by the kind of love and respect being showered on me at this age,” he said.
Milkha’s wax figure was crafted from over 300 measurements and photographs by several highly-skilled artists from Madame Tussauds.