After the news of death of legendary Indian athlete Milkha Singh was confirmed on Friday night, the whole nation went into a state of grief. The 91-year-old passed away due to COVID-19 complications, only five days after the death of his wife. Although he had tested negative for Coronavirus earlier this week, his health had deteriorated because of the virus.
To give a tribute to one of the sporting gems that the nation has ever produced, India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi penned down a heartfelt post on Twitter.
Narendra Modi hails 'The Flying Sikh'
In an emotional post on Twitter, India's Prime Minister hailed Milkha Singh as "a colossal sportsperson", who captured the nation’s imagination and had a special place in the hearts of countless Indians. "His inspiring personality endeared himself to millions. Anguished by his passing away," he added.
My condolences to his family: PM Modi
In another tweet, Prime Minister Narendra Modi revealed that he had spoken to Shri Milkha Singh ji just a few days ago. "Little did I know that it would be our last conversation. Several budding athletes will derive strength from his life journey. My condolences to his family and many admirers all over the world," he concluded.