New Delhi: Golfer Jeev Milkha Singh on Monday remembered his late father Milkha Singh and said the legendary sprinter would always get goosebumps talking about the Olympics.
Indian sportspersons will be participating in 18 disciplines – archery, athletics, boxing, badminton, equestrian, fencing, golf, gymnastics, hockey, judo, rowing, shooting, sailing, swimming, table tennis, tennis, weightlifting and wrestling.
Legendary Indian sprinter Milkha Singh had passed away in June this year due to Covid-related complications.
Track legend Milkha had a personal best of 20.7 seconds in 200m in Lahore on January 31, 1960. It set him up for a gallant show in the Rome Olympic Games where he clocked a National Record time of 45.6 seconds in the 400m final on September 6.
Besides his 1960 Olympic Games heroics, Milkha Singh will be remembered for his victory in the 1958 Commonwealth Games in Cardiff. He won gold in the 440-yard sprint in a Games Record time of 46.6 seconds. Milkha Singh is survived by one son and three daughters.
Meanwhile, a total of 127 athletes from India will feature in the Tokyo Olympics. This is the biggest-ever contingent India is sending to any Olympics. The 69 cumulative events across the 18 sport disciplines that India will participate in are also the highest ever for the country.
Tokyo Olympics will run from July 23 to August 8. The mega event was slated to be held last year, but it had to be postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.