Chandigarh, Aug 1: Milkha Singh expressed his delight after Vikas Gowda won the gold medal in the men’s discus throw at the ongoing 20th Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Also Read - After Dhyan Chand, There Was Balbir Singh Senior: Milkha Singh
Speaking from Chandigarh Milkha said, “I feel proud with Vikas’s achievement and with those of our other sportsmen and women who have won medals in Glasgow. I compliment and congratulate them for making India proud. They are the real ambassadors of India and the credit goes to their parents too.” Also Read - Milkha Singh, Smriti Mandhana Sweep Top Awards at Indian Sports Honours; Here's Complete List of Winners
“Since 1930 India has seen very few gold medals in athletics. In 2010 Krishnia Poonia won a gold in discus throw and the ladies relay team won in the 4×400 mtrs. But this is very little for a country of our size. Athletics, according to me is the mother of all sports and I would like to see India do well in it. Also Read - I Don't See Anyone Win a Medal in Athletics in Olympics: Milkha Singh
“Vikas has proved that he has it in him and I would love to see him and others who will be inspired by him win a gold for India in the forthcoming Olympics. I wish them all well and offer my blessings.”
Milkha Singh was the first Indian to win a gold medal in athletics at the Commonwealth Games. He won the gold in 400 mtrs at the 1958 Commonwealth Games, which were held in Cardiff, with a time of 46.71 secs.