How Milkha Singh got 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 great sprinter Milkha Singh died after battling an infection for a month. Padma Shri Milkha Singh, who was 91 years old, is survived by her son golfer Jeev Milkha Singh and three daughters. Earlier, his wife and former Captain of the Indian Volleyball Team Nirmal Kaur had also died of the corona.

Milkha Singh was known as 'Flying Sikh'. The story behind his name is very interesting. He revealed it himself in 2016. In fact, in 1960, Milkha was invited to participate in Pakistan's International Athletes' Championships. Milkha could not forget the grief of partition, so he did not want to go to Pakistan. At the behest of the then PM Jawaharlal Nehru, he agreed to go to Pakistan. Abdul Khaliq's influence was in Pakistan at that time and he was the fastest runner in PAK.
 
About 60,000 Pakistani fans were cheering for Abdul Khaliq because of the competition, but Khaliq could not stand in front of Milkha's pace. After Milkha's victory, the then President of Pakistan, Field Marshal Ayub Khan, named him 'Flying Sikh' and since then he has become known as the Flying Sikh. Milkha Singh was born on November 20, 1929, in Govindpura (now Pakistan) to a farmer's family. But he was one of the total 15 children of his parents. His family fell victim to the tragedy of partition, and it also led to the death of eight siblings along with his parents. Milkha Singh, who witnessed the dangerous sight, had reached Delhi from Pakistan hiding in the women's Bogies of the train.

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