Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray
Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Saturday paid tributes to legendary sprinter Milkha Singh saying the sports fraternity has lost inspiration. The 91-year-old sports icon died at a hospital in Chandigarh on Friday after a month-long battle with COVID-19.

"The sports fraternity lost inspiration in the form of Milkha Singh. He earned a reputation domestically as well as internationally through his performance. He created a different kind of ideal as a patriotic sportsperson," the Chief Minister's Office (CMO) said in a statement.

Thackeray said Singh will always be remembered for his "indomitable willpower" and as a symbol of commitment.

"His career is an inspiration for the next generations in the sports to be a patriot and a good sportsperson," it stated.

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