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JAMMU: Last rites of Olympian and Indian athletics legend, Milkha Singh performed amidst floral tributes at Chandigarh today.Earlier, during the day, the news about the demise of sporting hero, Milkha Singh, who died of COVID-related complications in a private hospital in Chandigarh last Friday night, left his fans and followers in a state of shock.Among others, Secretary of Athletics Federation of India (AFI), Ravinder Choudhary attended the last rites. Chandigarh Athletics Association (CAA), of which Milkha Singh was founder president, also paid respects to the champion athlete. The CAA was established by Milkha in 1985 and remained president till 2009.One of the country’s earliest sports heroes, Flying Sikh left the athletics community in a shock and disbelief.“Milkha Singh was known to me as Director Sports Punjab and we have spent quality time during seventies. The King of the Track used to come to Kashmir with state contingents for seasonal coaching camps and I was lucky enough to accompany him as official of the Department of Youth Services and Sports (DYSS),” paying tributes, former Deputy Director DYSS, Ashok Kumar said.“Since Milkha Singh was also associated with School Games Federation of India (SGFI), I being office bearer of the SGFI got opportunities to interact with the top athlete of the country many a times,” added Ashok, former senior vice president of the SGFI.“Very sad to hear about the demise of Flying Sikh. It was Milkha Singh, who inspired me during my maiden National Athletics Championship at Jaipur in 1972,” said former BSF Athletics coach and sports promoter of J&K, S S Gill.
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