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Thursday, 16 August, 2001, 14:21 GMT 15:21 UK
'Flying Sikh' snubs award
By Asit Jolly in Chandigarh

One of India's best known athletes, Milkha Singh, has said he is turning down a national sports award conferred on him by the Indian Government.

Popularly known as the "Flying Sikh," Milkha Singh said it was meant for younger sports personalities and had recently been awarded to people who have had little or no real experience as sportsmen.

He believes that the Indian Government should have thought of a more honourable and befitting means of according him recognition.

His refusal is likely to provoke controversy over what critics say is the arbitrary way India's national sports bodies shortlist sportsmen and women for awards.

Unsurpassed reputation

Mr Singh told journalists in the northern Indian city of Chandigarh that the government's decision to confer on him the Arjuna Award, which is usually reserved for younger sports persons, was "ill-advised".

He said that the Arjuna Award had been devalued this year because it had been presented to people who - in his opinion - had little or nothing to do with sports.

The legendary "Flying Sikh" is arguably India's most successful athlete.

Now well into his seventies, he received the more prestigious Padmashree Award for his unsurpassed contribution to Indian sports.

He won the Helms World Trophy in 1959 for winning 77 out of 80 international races.

He also broke a world record at the 1960 Rome Olympics.

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