London: Fauja Singh, a centenarian World Champion in running, has been given the Pride of India award by an organisation here for working to promote science, art and culture of India and charitable causes worldwide.

Fauja Singh was honoured by the India International Foundation for his outstanding sporting achievement.

The award was presented to him by the acting High Commissioner of India Rajesh Prasad.

Born in Bias Pind in Jalandhar on April 1, 1911, Fauja Singh is a marathon runner of Indian descent who is a world record holder in his age bracket. His current personal best time for the London Marathon (2003) is 6 hours 2 minutes and his marathon record for age 90-plus, is 5 hours 40 minutes at the age of 92 at the Toronto Waterfront Marathon in 2003.  He holds 11 world record for men over 90.

"I avoid negativity in life and try to be positive," Fauja Singh said on the occasion.

Referring to secret of his success, he said, "I eat to live and not live to eat. Running is my passion and I won't stop running until I die."

Lalit Mohan Joshi, Founder Director of the South Asian Cinema Foundation, was chosen for Art & Culture award. Joshi, an Editor, broadcaster and producer of books and documentary films, has successfully organised several events promoting South Asian Cinema here for over a decade.

Other recipients of the awards were: Chief Supt Dal Babu, Borough Commander for the London Borough of Harrow, the highest Police position within the Borough (Administration), Rajinder Singh Sandhu, Head teacher of Guru Nanak Sikh College, Hillingdon (Education).

Referring to bilateral relations, Prasad said the Indian community in the UK has done a great deal in strengthening the bilateral relations into an enhanced partnership.

"The India-UK relations are the best so far and we have a very good inter-action across the spectrum." 

(Agencies)