It may be worth recalling that Hockey India started the initiative of felicitating players in 2012, when all the living Olympic gold medalists were invited and presented one-time payment of Rs 2 lakh, on the occasion of wishing the then Indian squad, which was representing the country at the 2012 London Olympics.
The 13 stalwarts include Ajit Pal Singh who captained the team to victory during the 1975 World Cup, Ashok Kumar, son of legendary Late Major Dhyan Chand, Aslam Sher Khan, Brig. Harcharan Singh VSM, current chief selector B.P. Govinda among others.
The gesture of HI will surely pump up the Indian senior men’s team ahead of its participation in the 2014 World Cup beginning in The Hague, Netherlands from May 31.