Track legend PT Usha was "shocked" to learn the demise of legendary Indian sprinter Milkha Singh, who passed away on Friday at the age of 91.
One of the country's earliest sports heroes, Milkha died of COVID-19-related complications in a private hospital in Chandigarh late on Friday night, leaving the whole nation in shock and disbelief.
‘Dark clouds of sadness prevail with the demise of my idol and inspiration Milkha Singhji. His story of sheer determination and hard work inspired millions and will continue to do so. Rest in Peace,’ she wrote on her Twitter handle.
"I am feeling very low after hearing the news. I remember that two-three years back I visited his house in Chandigarh. Many times I attended different programmes with him, he was an inspiration to all," Usha told ANI.
"And today when I came to know about him, it is like a shock for me. I am feeling so bad because we have lost our great Milkha Ji. Because of his speed dedication and personality, he made a special place in our heart and I express my deep condolences," she added.
"Its irreparable loss. Running second time in 1960 without any facilities without all those things he made our country proud. We can't compare him with anybody, his death is a big loss to our nation, he was a great personality," said Usha.
"He showed our athletes that with dedication and willpower you can come to Olympics and win medals even if facilities are not there," said Usha.
"Without any facilities, he achieved this height, he already showed our young generation that hard work and dedication can bring you medals," she added.