Chandigarh, June 21
Ace golfer and late Milkha Singh’s son Jeev Milkha Singh on Monday paid tributes to the dash legend, who died of Covid problems final week, saying he would wish a lifetime of resilience to take care of the lack of his finest pal, information and mentor.
Milkha, one in every of impartial India’s greatest sporting icons, died right here on Friday after battling the an infection for a month.
The 49-year-old Jeev stated Father’s Day on Sunday was “one other unhappy reminder of what I’ve misplaced”.
“Dad was far more than my father – he was my finest pal, my information, my mentor,” Jeev, who was in Dubai when Milkha examined optimistic for Covid and reached right here in a few days to be with him, stated in a tweet.
“I hope I’ve the identical resilience and interior power to beat all odds. I really want it now. And I’ll want it for the remainder of my life,” he added.
Milkha was cremated right here on Saturday night with full state honours with Jeev lighting the pyre.
Sports activities Minister Kiren Rijiju, Punjab Governor and Chandigarh Administrator VP Singh Badnore, Punjab Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal and Haryana’s Sports activities Minister Sandeep Singh had been among the many dignitaries who attended the final rites.
The household’s tragedy was compounded by the lack of Milkha’s spouse and former nationwide volleyball captain Nirmal Kaur simply 5 days earlier than the legendary sprinter’s loss of life. Nirmal had additionally been battling Covid.
“By some means, I do not bear in mind a lot of pop’s funeral procession, however one sight I’ll always remember. A navy van coming to a cease and these troopers getting out and giving dad the salute.
“The Milkha household has all the time been grateful to the Indian Military, and I wish to thank them once more,” stated Jeev.
Jeev had earlier described his mom’s loss of life because the “lack of household’s spine”. The seasoned golfer thanked individuals for the outpouring of help.
“I misplaced my mother and pop. However what has been much more emotional is the 1000’s of messages we now have been getting from individuals as if they’ve misplaced somebody of their very own,” he stated.
“Thanks to all dad’s followers and well-wishers for supporting us right now,” he added. PTI