Olympian Sattar among three former footballers helped by FPADecember 10th, 2008 - 10:35 pm ICT by IANS
Kolkata, Dec 10 (IANS) The Football Players Association (FPA) Wednesday gave Rs.163,000 each to three former players who donned the Indian colours with distinction and are in need of financial help.Abdus Sattar, Krishna Chandra “Keshto” Pal and Ashoke Chatterjee were handed over the money at a function in the Calcutta Sports Journalists’ Club (CSJC) tent.
The ailing Chatterjee could not make it to the function, and was represented by his relatives.
Olympians Sattar and Pal were present, but due to ill-health could not speak. Their family members spoke for them.
The money was given from the Rs. 500,000 given to the FPA by the organisers of Diego Maradona’s recent trip to the city.
Sattar represented the country at the 1952 Helsinki Olympics, while Keshto Pal was a part of the Indian squad which finished fourth in the Melbourne Games four years later.
“We are now young, in the pink of health. But we don’t know what is going to happen to us ten years from now when we retire from the game,” FPA president Bhaichung Bhutia said at the function.
“It’s the present generation’s way of thanking the past veterans, and giving out a message that they are not alone in their struggles,” Bhutia said.