President Ayub Khan had organised an Indo-Pak Meet in 1960 in Lahore where Milkha Singh defeated Khaliq who had beaten the Indian more than once in international races.
Milkha Singh believed that hockey wizard Dhyan Chand should have been honoured with the Bharat Ratna before Sachin Tendulkar.
Milkha Singh says it would have been better had the government conferred the Bharat Ratna on hockey wizard Dhyan Chand before Sachin Tendulkar.
Champion athlete Milkha Singh feels that Sachin Tendulkar's name may get maligned if he dabbles into politics.
Retired batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar became the first sportsperson to receive the country's highest civilian award, Bharat Ratna.
The statue will be ready by the end of December and Milkha Singh has been invited by the academy to unveil it.
Milkha Singh, however, also said that while Sachin Tendulkar deserved the honour, it would have been good if hockey legend Dhyan Chand too had been given this award.
Legendary Indian athlete Milkha Singh feels Sachin Tendulkar's traits of sincerety, humility and hard work make him an ideal future candidate for the post of Sports Minister of India.
The legendary Indian 400m runner also says that Carl Lewis was so awestruck after watching his biopic that the multiple Olympic medallist sent him a baton as a mark of respect.
Praising India's tennis ace, former India cricket captain Sourav Ganguly says that Leander Paes should go on playing.
While handing over the cheque at his office on Tuesday, the minister said sportspersons like Makhan Singh are national heroes and it shall remain his personal endeavour and that of the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports to do everything "within our power to support our heroes from yesteryears".
Makhan Singh beat Milkha Singh in the 1962 National Games. In 1964 he was conferred the Arjuna Award. He also won the gold medal in the relay race and a silver in the 400m at the 1962 Asian Games.
In a statement, Moily said on learning about the distress status of the family of Makhan Singh, he asked the President of the Petroleum Sports Promotion Board (PSPB) to consider release of immediate relief to the sportsman's family.
Hailed as the 'Flying Sikh' for his legendary prowess on the track field, Singh says he used to run barefoot daily on hot sand to school, which was situated 20 kms from his house.
The newest member in the family has been named Prince. Interestingly, she had gone on to become a world champion for the fourth time after her previous sabbatical.
Milkha recalled the excruciating training schedules he maintained to keep up with the best runners. "There were many times that I was put on oxygen," he said.
Milkha Singh says India can produce Olympic-medal winning athletes but coaches need to be held accountable, structured academies should be ensured and there should be a sense of determination like in China.
The 'Flying Sikh' seems to be on a high ever since the film on him, 'Bhaag Milkha Bhaag' set the cash registers across the country ringing. But as discussions turn to the India's future in sports, the 77-year-old gets all serious.