World's oldest marathon runner,101, shines at last race

Fauja Singh ran with a community group called Sikhs in the City. Photo: Sam Tsang

A 101-year-old Sikh believed to be the world’s oldest distance runner retired after ending his last race in Hong Kong on a high, describing it as one of the “happiest days” of his long life.

Thursday, 29 August, 2013, 4:13am

Quotes of the week

Hong Kong has always had potential. Now we have showed we also have quality

Jonathan McKinley, Home Affairs Bureau deputy secretary on the city's Olympic performance

It's up to the public to decide whether they trust him or not. But... there are doubts

15 Aug 2012 - 11:30pm

Who said it?

The reason for our harsh treatment [in China] was our activities were highly systematic, as [we] had experience of underground activities

South Korean activist Kim Young-hwan, who says he was tortured while detained in Dandong

Her role is like a big sister to me, she helps me all the way and I am really grateful to her

15 Aug 2012 - 11:07pm

Age shall not weary man of the moment

The media darling of the marathon, Fauja Singh, completed the 10km race and his example spurred, and perhaps shamed, younger men in the local Sikh community to join him.

6 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Age no barrier for Turbaned Torpedo

When thousands of runners hit the streets in next month's Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon, one will stand out from the crowd.

In what promises to be a memorable appearance, the world's oldest marathon runner, 100-year-old Fauja Singh, will take part in the 10-kilometre competition.

15 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Public Eye

Urban Rip-off Authority's real agenda ...

3 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Generalising is a dangerous game

I am writing about so-called fortune-tellers at Star Ferry who are giving Sikhs a bad name. They are cunning and greedy and cheat the public by misinterpreting their faith.

What concerns me is not their claim to have 'supernatural' powers, but the fact they are preaching wrong theories and philosophies about the Sikh religion.

18 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

If You Don't Know Me By Now

If You Don't Know Me By Now

Sathnam Sanghera

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Sathnam Sanghera is a poster boy for Anglo-Indian success: a writer for the Financial Times, a successful twentysomething who liked to be surrounded by the trappings of a yuppie lifestyle in London.

25 May 2008 - 12:00am

Paralysed refugee can't speak, but thousands speak up for him


Laibar Singh cannot feed or take care of himself, and is wholly dependent upon the charity of others for his survival.

An aneurysm and stroke have left Mr Singh, 48, partially paralysed and he can't speak. Fortunately for the failed refugee claimant, thousands are speaking up for him.

17 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

slice of life

From the pages of the South China Morning Post this week in 1974

Most of the legal profession in Hong Kong dropped in at the Supreme Court during the week to listen to Superintendent Ernest Hunt's lawyers fight his battle against a conviction under the Prevention of Bribery Ordinance.

9 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

Sikh identity under threat as youths shed beards, turbans

India's most distinctive minority, the Sikhs, are in danger of losing their identity if youths continue shaving their beards, cutting their hair and discarding the turban, according to reports from Punjab, north India.

20 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

One Indian heritage

One Indian heritage

I refer to the article 'India's hi-tech faultline' (Sunday Morning Post, December 28).

Amrit Dhillon's claim that only cricket and Bollywood are the two unifying influences in India is outrageous. For more than 5,000 years of its existence, India has always been one country - if not always politically then surely culturally and in heritage.

30 Dec 2003 - 12:00am

Vicious vigilantes are no better than terrorists

What happened on the morning of September 11 in New York was tragic and horrible. My heart goes out to the thousands of innocent lives lost in these terrorist attacks. They were not just aimed at America, but at all nations.

20 Sep 2001 - 12:00am

Act of faith

The BBC World Service series The Khalsa - Birth Of A Community (Radio 6, 3.30pm) has been timed to coincide with the 300th anniversary of the founding of the Khalsa, the group of highly committed, initiated Sikhs created by Guru Gobind Singh in 1699.

13 Apr 1999 - 12:00am

Out for a spin

About 3,000 Sikhs paraded through Causeway Bay yesterday to celebrate a 300th anniversary relating to their 10th guru, Gobind Singh.

The colourful procession was led by the Red Tartan (SAR) Pipe Band.

A decorated truck transported the Sikh Holy Book and high priest, escorted by five Sikhs wearing ceremonial dress and carrying swords.

12 Apr 1999 - 12:00am