‘Flying Sikh’ Milkha Singh wants an Indian to win an Olympic gold medal in athletics while he is still alive, but he does not believe India will achieve this feat in the Rio Olympics to be held this year from 5th-26th August.Having arrived in Agra to flag off the Sharda Taj Marathon which was participated by more than 30 thousand runners from across the world, Milkha said that India could have a stake in the 2024 Olympics to win an athletics gold medal but preparations for that needed to be started immediately. He said that the country needed a large number of quality sports academies where good coaches are employed to generate quality athletes to strengthen India’s stake on the Olympic gold.Talking to India Today, Milha Singh said that athletics is the number one game in the world but it is strangely neglected in India. Olympics medal tally is the measure of a country’s development today and at present, China is on top of the medal tally having won the largest number of medals in Beijing Olympics. Although India performed well, but in the field of Athletics, we still have a lot to do before we could really make our country proud. He said that biopics of sportsmen inspire youngsters to follow them and such biopics should be made more frequently.Talking to India Today following the flag off of the Sharda Taj Marathon, Agra Commissioner Pradeep Bhatnagar said that it the participation in this event was unexpectedly large and it lent hope to the dream of making Agra known for something more than just its monuments. He expressed hope that this marathon will become an annual event which will beat all marathon participation records in the country.advertisementAgra Tourist Chamber Secretary Vishal Sharma said that the marathon was a truly international event which was won by a Kenyan national and was participated by a large number of foreign nationals and tourists, especially in the “run for fun” segment where local tourism organizations promoted tourist participation through social media campaigns. He said that in terms of sporting events, Agra has been thought as a disinterested little town but the huge success of this marathon has proved that Agra has awakened to the new age of physical fitness and the people of this city are not willing to lag behind the metropolitan cities in terms of physical awareness.