Narend Singh, a well-known local educator and the vice-chairman of Save Orion Athletics Club, died this morning shortly after running the iconic Mandela Day Marathon.
It is believed that Singh, who was 65 years old, participated in the 21km race, and finished in a time of just under two hours. He then fell ill and was immediately attended to by paramedics but died thereafter.
The Save group of companies, sponsors of the Save Orion Athletics Club, said they together with the athletics fraternity were devastated by the news.
“Narend was a legend who made a significant sustained contribution to athletics in our city. He was an excellent administrator who leaves behind an exemplary legacy. Our condolences to his family, friends, and colleagues,” said Save’s Ebrahim Kajee.
Ajith Deena, the chairperson of Save Orion Athletics Club, called Singh an “exemplary individual” whose fitness belied his age. “It is with extreme sadness that we mourn the sudden loss of Mr. Narend Singh. He served as Save Orion Athletic Clubs vice-chairperson for 18 years. On behalf of Save Orion AC and the running fraternity, we pass on our deepest sympathies and condolences to his family. I’m still too emotional to comment further. RIP, Narend. You will be sorely missed.”