A renowned Hockey Olympian Joe Antic died at the age of 90 on Tuesday night. He was admitted to the hospital from few days ago.
In 1960, Joe had won silver medal in the Rome Olympics and Jakarta Asiad in 1962.
SS Naqvi, Antic's former Bombay and Western Railway teammate, said that, “He was the stalwarts of Indian hockey's golden era” (from 1928-1964 when the country had won seven of its eight gold medals in the Olympics).
He further added that, "The golden era stalwarts are now leaving one by one. The passing of Antic is another blow.”
Naqvi even posted on his facebook wall, "He was an outstanding defender."
"He has served the country so greatly. I have had some nice moments with him in our playing days. He was a tough guy. No forward could go past him. I know him for his toughness," the former India striker said.
Dhanraj Pillay alleged that he was the pillar of the Western Railways team. "He was a very good distributor of the ball. Older players used to tell me the tales of his greatness," the former India skipper said.
"His reading of the game and anticipation were the hallmarks of his play. I have very fond memories of seeing him play as a school boy. He has contributed greatly to hockey as a sport and I count myself fortunate to having seen him in action," the captain of the Moscow Olympics gold medal-winning said.
During his matches, he had taken coaching and became the national coach of the Oman team.
"They (HI) are not there to only name the national squads. They should do more to take care of the greats in their time of need. He was unwell and did not come out of ICU," Carvalho said.