Asian Games gold medallist Hakam Singh passes away

Asian Games gold medallist athlete Hakam Singh on Tuesday passed away at a private hospital in Sangrur, Punjab.

Hakam Singh won gold in 20 km race walk event during the 1978 Asiad at Bangkok.   -  AFP

Asian Games gold medallist athlete Hakam Singh on Tuesday passed away at a private hospital in Sangrur, Punjab. He had been ailing for some time and was undergoing treatment for liver and kidney ailments.

Hakam Singh won gold in 20 km race walk event during the 1978 Asiad at Bangkok. The Dhyan Chand awardee had also served as Havaldar in the six Sikh regiment.

Union Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore had sanctioned financial assistance of ₹10 lakh to the athlete, while Punjab Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder Singh helped him with ₹5 lakh. Punjab Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Rana Gurmit Singh Sodhi expressed profound grief over the demise of Singh.

Condoling the demise of the athlete, Rana Sodhi said that both Punjab, as well as the country, would remember the glorious achievements of Singh in the sporting arena. He termed the passing away of Singh as the end of an era and an irreparable loss to the sports fraternity.