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Keshav Dutt, Prasun Banerjee chosen for Mohun Bagan Ratna

Two-time Olympic gold medallist Keshav Dutt and former India football captain Prasun Banerjee will be conferred the 'Mohun Bagan Ratna' during its annual day celebrations on July 29, the club said.

 

One of the oldest surviving hockey Olympians of the country, 94-year-old Dutt donned the national jersey in the 1948 London Games, where India won the first gold post Independence, and the former centre halfback won his second Olympic gold in Helsinki 1952.


Footballer-turned-politician Prasun was part of the feted midfield trio also comprising Parminder Singh.


The creative midfielder from Bengal was an integral part of the Indian team that reached the quarter-finals of the 1982 Asian Games in New Delhi.


In 2013, he became a Trinamool Congress MP from the Howrah Sadar constituency, becoming the first professional footballer to be a Member of Parliament.


Mohun Bagan Day


July 29 is celebrated as the 'Mohun Bagan Day' because on this day in 1911 the Mariners became the first club to defeat a British club, East Yorkshire Regiment, and lift the IFA Shield.

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