Focus on cricket not good for Indian sports, says Milkha Singh

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.

updated: October 05, 2013 16:58 IST
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New Delhi: Multiple Olympic gold medallist Carl Lewis was so awestruck by Milkha Singh's rise from a scratch to a top athlete in the world by sheer dint of hard work and will power as depicted in his biopic 'Bhaag Milkha Bhaag' that the legendary American sprinter sent a baton to the Indian as a gesture of respect.

Speaking at a press conference on the eve of 'Run with Flying Sikh Milkha - Save Girl Child' event, which he will flag off here tomorrow, Milkha said that he was touched by Lewis' acknowledgement of his achievements.

"The great Carl Lewis watched my movie at his home in America along with an Indian friend of his. He does not know Hindi and his Indian friend must have done the translation. After watching the movie, he took my phone number from his Indian friend and called me up one day," Milkha said.

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