Milkha Singh, Abhinav Bindra congratulate Sachin Tendulkar

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.

updated: November 16, 2013 22:35 IST
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Chandigarh: Legendary athlete Milkha Singh on Saturday congratulated Sachin Tendulkar after he brought the curtain down on a glorious career and said the iconic cricketer deserved to be conferred with the Bharat Ratna.

"He deserved it. Finally, a sportsperson will get this award. With this, it will pave the way for other sportspersons who can now hope to get the highest recognition for their efforts and bringing glory to their country," the 'Flying Sikh' told PTI.

Milkha said that his fight with the government over the years has been that sportspersons should be given due recognition for their achievements as they are the "true ambassadors" of the nation.

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