Milkha Singh visited the campus of International Institute of Sports Management (IISM) to interact with the students.
This Indian athlete won several gold medals for his country across various continents in the Olympic Games in racing. He belongs to a middle caste background from Punjab who lost his family and everything during the partition of India. He is none other than our very known Milkha Singh.
On August 13, 2016 students of International Institute of Sports Management (IISM), Mumbai had a golden opportunity to exchange words with Milkha Singh, ‘the Flying Sikh’ of India and listen to his life experiences.
The founder of the institute, Mr. Nilesh Kulkarni was kind enough to give an insight on the memories he shared with Mr. Singh before handing over the podium to him. Mr. Singh started off with his early days of being an athlete and how immense hard work, dedication and a very strong chemistry with his coach helped him grow.
He told about how the balance between physical and mental fitness affects the athlete’s performance and how the Infrastructure and sports culture needs to be developed in our country. His life experiences came into the limelight post the release of a movie based on his life was released and turned out to be a super hit in the box office ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’.
After his retirement too, Milkha manage to run for two hours every day to stick to his fitness. By expressing his earnest desire, he said that before he dies he wants to see an Indian athlete win an Olympic Gold medal once again.
Milkha Singh’s Records:
- 1958- Commonwealth games – Gold
- 1958- Asian Games -Gold
- 1962- Asian Games – Gold
- 1964 – National Games of India – Silver
A man with such impeccable records, an athlete who made his country proud in front of a 100 nations was kind enough to spare a few hours and share his life experiences with the students of IISM.
This interaction with Milkha Singh was indeed very motivating and inspiring for students who wish to pursue careers in the sports industry. His experiences and thoughts could really help then in the future to develop a strong sports background in the country.
Source: Rohan Muzumdar, HTCampus Specialist
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