Legendary athlete Milkha Singh, who is popularly known as “Flying Sikh”, on Sunday asked Jammu and Kashmir youth to stay away from drugs.
Singh was here to flag off the “Jammu Tawi Run Marathon” organised by JK Athletics Association, from Gulshan Ground, Jammu.
Addressing the participants in the marathon, Milkha Singh said, “There is a purpose to organize this marathon. And it is to educate the youth against the menace of drug abuse.”
The popular athlete said that whoever is taking drugs is fast going into the clutches of death.
“Once you start taking drugs, you’re definitely going to die because it is almost impossible to quit drugs,” he said.
He said that medals of many players in the recently held Asian Games were taken back from them just because they were found drug addicts during tests being conducted by sports authorities.
“So, I request you to stay away from drugs and focus on your studies and games,” the legendary athlete said while addressing the marathon runners.
Regretting the loss of gold medal in 1960 Rome Olympics, Milkha Singh also asked the J&K players to fulfill his “last desire of life” by winning a gold medal in Olympics.
“I ran at least in every country and won medals for the country, but regret that I could not win a gold medal in Rome Olympics. So, I want to die only after seeing a medal tied around the neck of an Indian player. You could be one among them,” the ‘Flying Sikh’ said while addressing the young marathon runners.