There are very few people in India who have served the game of Athlete with utmost capabilities. Milkha Singh is one of them. He has not only served the country but has also given many memories to cherish. Also, he has won a gold medal in the Commonwealth game for India, thus making him the first one to do for the nation. He has made a prestige for himself all across the world as a result of his passion and commitment. The Indian government rewarded him with the Padma Shri award and he was also appreciated by India's Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru for his efforts.
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Milkha Singh, the world's finest runner, has had a difficult journey. According to Pakistani authorities, Milkha Singh, popularly known as the "Flying Sikh," was born on November 20, 1929, in Faisalabad, Pakistan, but other reports suggest he was born on October 8, 1935. He came from a Sikh household. When India and Pakistan were separated, Milkha Singh's parents and siblings were killed. The clashes cost the lives of many individuals. There were other members of Milkha Singh's family there.
Milkha Singh was both extremely upset and terrified by the incident. He then took a train from Pakistan to Delhi and arrived in Delhi. He couldn't find a place to reside, so he sought the assistance of a refugee camp and resided there. Following that, Milkha Singh moved into his sister's home in Delhiand began living with her. Shahdara Basti was where his sister lived. After that, Milkha Singh desired to have a better life, so he began looking for a job in the Army in Delhi.
Marriage And Children
In 1962, Milkha Singh married Nirmal Kaur ji. She was the captain of the Indian Women's Volleyball team previously. They have three children: Jeev Milkha Singh, a boy, and Sonia Sanwalka and Mona Milkha Singh, both girls. Jeev Milkha Singh, his son, is a well-known top-ranked worldwide professional golfer.
Milkha Singh was recruited into the Indian Army due to his hard work. Milkha Singh began training for the marathon while in the Army. As a result, he received special training in the Army. Milkha Singh did not look back after that and achieved other world records. However, he lacked competence at the international level.
Still, he represented India at the Melbourne Olympic Games. During this time, he received an offer from Pakistan to participate in the game, but Milkha Singh declined since he did not want to relive his bad childhood memories. That's why he said no. However, at the request of the Indian government, he consented to go to the games and compete. In Pakistan, he thrashed his opponents. After that, he was nicknamed "Flying Sikh."
Milkha had led India in the 200 meters and 400 meters races at the 1956 Olympic Games. However, he was unsuccessful in this attempt. After that, he met Charles J King, who taught him some new jogging tactics, and his performance improved significantly.
Milkha Singh went on to win gold medals in the 200 and 400 meters at the National Games in 1958. Milkha Singh won a gold medal in the 400 meters sprint at the Commonwealth Games in 1958.
Milkha Singh participated in the 400-meter sprint at the Olympic Games in Rome. He was expected to compete in the Olympics again this year and win a medal. Even though Milkha Singh was in great form, he could not win a medal in the Rio Olympics. He came in the fourth position. Milkha Singh went on to win the Asian Games gold medal in the 400-meter dash at Jakarta in 1962.
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Life After Getting Retired
Milkha is one of those people who has proven his viewpoint. He established a charitable trust in 2003 after retiring from the Indian Army to assist players who have the talent to win but lack the basic resources, supervision and facilities. He gave up all of his medals and prizes, believing that they belonged to the country.
Milkha Singh, an Indian sprint star, died on June 18, 2021, after a month-long fight with COVID-19. He even lost his wife , Nirmal Kaur the former national volleyball captain due to COVID. Milkha Singh who died at 91 is survived by golfer son Jeev Milkha Singh and three daughters.