In a brief ceremony on June 8, 2012, Defence Minister AK Antony felicitated the Armed Forces sportspersons who won medals during the Commonwealth Games 2010. He also felicitated the Services Football team that recently won the Santosh Trophy- 2012 after a gap of over 50 years.
While addressing the winners, he felt that this cash award was not just a recognition of their achievements but more importantly it would serve to motivate others. Antony exhorted the services personnel to excel in fields other than sports as well and called upon the officers to encourage participation in cultural activities. The Defence Minister presented cash prizes on the occasion.