Legacy of Fauja Singh, the marathon runner – by Col R.D. Singh (Retd.)
Fauja has created a sensation, and changed our thinking as regards the old age and fitness. We are senior citizens at 60, hold a walking stick at 80, and quite a few of us bed ridden by 90. On our birthdays, children gift us with walking sticks, medicine boxes, BP apparatus etc. No one cares to present us with walking shoes, and a sports T shirts, because they think 80 or 90 is no age to for serious physical activity. We are expected to rest and meditate, waiting for the D day. We succumb to inactivity, and ailments, becoming a burden for others.