Marking the end of an era, former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee bid goodbye to the nation on Thursday at the age of 93 after his condition deteriorated over the last few days, following a 9-week-admission at AIIMS in New Delhi.
Vajpayee, will be remembered as a top class leader during his 74-year spell in the political sphere. Such was his prominence that he became a favorite, within his own party and amongst the opposition ranks.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and a host of ministers were present to pay their last respects to the iconic leader, as a huge crowd had gathered outside the Bharatiya Janata Party headquarters. While many people from different walks of life have made their sentiments felt through heartfelt tributes, among those to have mourned the loss was, Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, the Chef de Mission of the Indian contingent for the 18th Asian Games.
Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, was present at the state funeral service of the late Atal Bihari Vajpayee, where he paid to the homage the former Prime Minister. As a mark of respect for Vajpayee's massive contributions during his tenure, India's Chef de Mission has vowed that all medals won by country's athletes at the 2018 Asian games will be dedicated to the BJP stalwart.
The Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) President Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh was officially appointed as India's Chef de Mission on 22 July. He will lead the country's participation at the 18th Asian Games to be held in twin cities of Jakarta and Palembang from 19 August to 2 September.
Speaking about his delight on being awarded this prestigious honor, Bhushan insisted to be ecstatic at leading the country and expressed his confidence in the Indian athletes hoping they would make the country proud.
The Sports Authority of India (SAI) paid their respects to the former Prime Minister, by tweeting a photo of the Indian officials and athletes from Jakarta.
However, the Indian contingent suffered a major setback to their medal chances with tennis ace Leander Paes pulling out two days before the start of the showpiece event in Indonesia. The veteran tennis player decision comes as a result of not getting a 'specialist' doubles partner for the tournament.
Leander Paes was to mark his return to the Asian Games after missing the previous two editions. The 45-year-old has had enjoyed eight podium finishes at the Asian games - which consists of three gold medals. However, Paes asserted that his absence would not affect India's medal chances.