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Living sporting legends from sports as diverse as cricket, hockey, athletics, wrestling,kabaddi. Here is a list of some Living Legends of Sports from Punjab who are an inspiration for Punjab Youth ............

 MILKHA SINGH

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Born:20th Nov 1929
City Born: Govindpura, Muzaffargarh District, Pakistan
Zodiac: Scorpio
Nick Name: Flying Sikh
Spouse: Nirmal Kaur
Children: Jeev Milkha Singh
Award: Padam Shri(1959)


Milkha Singh ,also known as The Flying Singh is the first Indian who won an Individual Gold Medal at Commonwealth Games Milkha Singh had won two gold medals at the Asian Games in Tokyo just a month before, but the Commonwealth Games were different.

Milkha Singh grew up in a small village in what, during his childhood, was still British India. He would walk 10km barefoot to school every day, crossing burning sands, and wading through two canals, his books balanced on his head.He was a teenager in 1947, when partition created the two sovereign nations of India and Pakistan.

During his later career he became the Director of Sports in the Punjab Ministry of Education, a post from which he retired by 1998.

 Bishan Singh Bedi

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Born:25th Sep 1946
City Born: Amritsar Punjab
Test Debut: 31st Dec 1966
Last Test: 30th Aug 1979
Batting Style: Right Handed
Bowling: Spin Left-Arm
ODI Debut: 13th July 1974


Bishen Singh Bedi was born during a period when his country was waging a non-violent war against the British. That belief in non violence probably influenced his bowling style as well. He used his natural gifts of flight and guile to bamboozle the batsmen during a time period where bowling fast and intimidating bouncers was favored.

His best match figures of 10/194 came against Australia at Perth in 78/79, a wicket considered to be the haven of fast bowlers. Bedi's 266 wickets in 67 Tests came at a miserly average of 28.71. In the 77/78 series down under, Bedi picked up 31 wickets at 23.87 runs apiece, an achievement in itself.

 Navjot Singh Sidhu

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Born:20th Oct 1963
City Born: Patiala,India
Parents: Sardar Bhagwant Singh
Nick Name: Sherry
Spouse: Navjot Kaur Sidhu
Children: Karan Sidhu,Rabia Sidhu
TV Show: Comedy Nights with Kapil,Mera Pind


Navjot Singh Sidhu (Punjabi: ਨਵਜੋਤ ਸਿੰਘ ਸਿੱਧੂ, born 20 October 1963) is a former Indian cricketer and was a Member of Parliament from Amritsar (Lok Sabha constituency).His finest moment in Test cricket came when he compiled a patient 201 against West Indies in Port of Spain, an innings which lasted for 11 hours proving that he belonged in the longer format as well. Another highlight was the 124 against Sri Lanka in Lucknow where he carted 9 fours and 8 sixes against quality spin bowling which also included Muralitharan. Sidhu played an important role in the 1996 World Cup, especially in the quarter final against Pakistan.
where he anchored the innings with a brilliant 93.

Sidhu finally announced his retirement in 1998/99.After retirement from cricket Navjot Singh Sidhu took up television commentary, and politics.

Facts:

1) In the later part of his career, Sidhu improved his fielding vastly and hence was nicknamed ‘Jonty’ after the legendary Jonty Rhodes. Interestingly, Rhodes was still playing for South Africa at that time.

2) He left the 1996 tour of England in a huff because the skipper, Mohammad Azharuddin, reportedly kept on abusing him. Later, Sidhu revealed that Azharuddin was used to speaking those cuss words on a regular basis and was doing so in affection and not to hurt his feelings.

3) Sidhu was indicted in a homicide case but the judgement was later stayed by the Supreme Court of India.

4) Currently he is a Member of Parliament from Amritsar constituency.

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