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I have no hunger for awards: Milkha Singh

New Delhi:  Legendary athlete Milkha Singh says he does not hanker after awards and is happy with the Padma Shri he received from the government way back in 1958 after winning the Commonwealth Games gold
PTI January 14, 2014 22:12 IST
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New Delhi:  Legendary athlete Milkha Singh says he does not hanker after awards and is happy with the Padma Shri he received from the government way back in 1958 after winning the Commonwealth Games gold medal.

"I don't hanker after awards. Everybody knows Milkha deserves more than a Padma Shri, but it is for others, including the federation, to nominate me to the government for higher awards," Milkha told PTI on the sidelines of a programme here.

"I am happy with the Padma Shri. What difference does it make to me if I am now given a higher Padma Award? The people of India knows my achievements. I did not want to run around for a Padma Bhushan or Vibhushan," he said when asked about demands for Padma Awards by sportspersons.

A higher category of Padma Award can be conferred on a person only when a period of at least five years has elapsed since conferment of the earlier Padma award. However, in highly deserving cases, a relaxation can be made by the Awards Committee.

Milkha was here to inaugurate Sports Injury Clinic at the BLK Super Speciality Hospital, touted to be the first integrated facility of this kind in the NCR (National Capital Region) by a private hospital.