New Delhi: The members of 1960 Olympics Indian football team were insulted after the felicitation ceremony at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium in New Delhi. After being given a cheque of Rs 1.5 lakh each, the team members claim that they were asked to pay for their dinner at the International Youth Hostel.
Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs and Sports Ajay Maken on Thursday apologised to the 1960 football team members for the shabby treatment meted out to them by the organisers.
"I apologise to the football team members who had to pay for their food after the felicitation ceremony," said Maken.
The members of the 1960 team -- captain PK Banerjee, Chunni Goswami, Tulsidas Balaram, S Narayanan, O Chandrashekhar, Fortunata A Franco, SS Hakim, SH Hamid, Arun Lal Ghosh, Simon Sunder Raj and the wives of late Peter Thanga Raj and D Kannan -- were presented with a silver plaque, a shawl and a cheque of Rs 1.5 lakh each on the occasion.
The widows of two more team members - Yusuf Khan and Devdar - could not attend the felicitation ceremony.