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How Milkha Singh got the name ‘Flying Sikh’, know the full story

The country has lost many great personalities during the Corona epidemic, while Milkha Singh, who brought glory to India in athletics, also bid farewell to the world. India’s legendary sprinter Milkha Singh passed away after battling an infection for a month. Padmashree Milkha Singh, who was 91 years old, is survived by a son golfer Jeev Milkha Singh and three daughters. Earlier, his wife and former captain of the Indian volleyball team Nirmal Kaur has also died of Corona.

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Milkha Singh was popularly known as ‘Flying Sikh’. The story behind his name is very interesting. He himself disclosed this in 2016. In fact, in 1960, Milkha was invited to participate in Pakistan’s International Athlete Championship. Milkha could not forget the sorrow of partition, so he did not want to go to Pakistan. He agreed to go to Pakistan at the behest of the then PM Jawaharlal Nehru. Abdul Khaliq’s influence was in Pakistan at that time and he was the fastest runner in Pakistan.

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About 60,000 Pakistani fans were cheering for Abdul Khaliq because of the competition, but Khaliq could not keep up with Milkha’s pace. After Milkha’s victory, the then President of Pakistan Field Marshal Ayub Khan named him ‘Flying Sikh’ and since then he came to be known as Flying Sikh. Milkha Singh was born on 20 November 1929 in Govindpura (now Pakistan) in a farming family. But he was one of the total 15 children of his parents. His family fell victim to the tragedy of Partition, and it led to the death of his parents as well as eight siblings. Milkha Singh, who saw the dangerous sight, had reached Delhi from Pakistan by hiding in the ladies bogies of the train.

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