Hockey Olympian Joe Antic dies at 90

Mumbai -- Hockey Olympian Joe Antic, a member of the Rome Olympics squad, has died at the age of 90.

Antic, the centre half of the Rome Olympics squad in 1960 that won the silver medal, is survived by son William and daughter Rita. He had lost his wife in 2011.

"He was unwell and did not come out of ICU. Please highlight the fact that no one bothered to come to his financial aid although he had brought laurels to the country," said Antic's son William.

Antic represented the country in the Rome Games where Pakistan ended India's glorious 32-year golden run by winning the final 1-0.

Antic was also a part of the hockey squad that finished runners-up, again to Pakistan, in the Asian Games at Jakarta two years later.

According to William, Antic retired from Western Railways in the mid-1980s after touring East Africa and Europe with the senior team in the late 1950s.

He further took up coaching post retirement. After being one of the coaches in the Indian team's World Cup camp in 1973, he became the national coach of the Oman team that took part in the 1982 Asian Games in Delhi.