India: Milkha Singh Wax Work Unveiled in Madame Tussauds
After winning Gold in the 1958 Commonwealth Games in Cardiff, Wales, UK, the Athlete had a day stop over in London and to make most of time and decided to visit the world famous Madame Tussauds. But at that time, not even in his wildest dreams did Milkha Singh think that one day he would have his wax statue made by Madame Tussauds.
“After the Cardiff Games were over, some of my fellow athletes told me that there’s a very famous museum in London where there are statues of world’s great personalities and they look real. So, I visited the museum and I liked it very much.
“Even 10 years back I visited the museum with my wife during a family trip, but during all my visits to the Madame Tussauds it never came in my mind that one day I would also have a wax statue placed in the museum.
“I am really honoured that my statue will be placed among the other celebrities from various fields in the Madame Tussauds’ Delhi Museum,” said Milkha Singh while unveiling his wax statue at a ceremony in Chandigarh.
The athlete, who missed a medal at 1960 Rome Olympic medal by a whisker, finishing fourth in the 400m final, will share space with the wax statues of Mahatma Gandhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, 1983 World Cup winning captain Kapil Dev, Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan and Indian revolutionary Bhagat Singh.
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