Flying Sikh mesmerises Shoolinians
There were moments of adulation, pride, patriotism and admiration as the legendary Flying Sikh Milkha Singh shared his memories and thoughts with the students, faculty and staff of Shoolini University on September 10, 2018. Emotions ran so high that even the great athlete himself broke down and had tears rolling down his cheeks after a powerful audio visual presentation on his life and achievements. Hundreds of others too had their eyes moist and few even wept uncontrollably after the touching presentation.
And when the greatest athlete whom the country has ever produced narrated his life and struggle before attaining the dizzy heights, he was repeatedly applauded by the audience which appeared to be completely mesmerised by the living legend.
“It’s my dream to see an Indian athlete win a gold medal at the Olympics that I lost in Rome.” said the Flying Sikh, referring to the 1960 Olympics when he narrowly missed a medal even as all the four top athletes broke the Olympic record in 400 meter race.
Milkha Singh who has an enviable record having won four gold medals at the Asian Games and the first Indian to win a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in the 1958 has devoted his life to encourage sports.
He was welcomed by Pro Chancellor, Mr. Satish Anand, Vice Chancellor, Prof. P.K. Khosla, President of the Foundation for Life Sciences and Business Management, Mrs. Saroj Khosla, Pro-Vice Chancellor Prof Atul Khosla, Chief Financial Director, Mr. Vishal Anand, and other senior functionaries of the University.
The living legend got emotional on watching a clip from his biopic ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’ recalling all the struggles of his life. Milkha Singh also shared his life story recalling his childhood struggles as well as shared his experience in the famous sporting event held at Pakistan in 1960 where he defeated his Pakistani contemporary Abdul Khaliq.
He encouraged the students to work hard and emphasised that hard work is even more important than competence. He said that youth is the future of the nation and they must work hard to bring glory to the nation. Milkha Singh later inaugurated an indoor sports complex that has been named after him as ‘The Milkha Singh Sports Complex’.