22nd edition of Kodava family hockey tournament

22nd edition of Kodava family hockey tournament

All preparations are being made to host 22nd edition of Kodava family hockey tournament.  

The tournament will start from April 15 at Cheriyaparambu.

The matches will be held at Cheriyaparambu General K S Thimmayya Stadium and Government Pre-university College ground.

333 families registered

Kulletira family members said already 333 Kodava families have registered for the tournament. Kulletira Cup Hockey Festival will create a record with highest teams' participation this time, they added.

The estimated cost for hosting the tournament is Rs 1.5 crore. In this, the state government is likely to release Rs 40 lakh. Continuous rainfall in the last two days has affected the preparations for the tournament, Kulletira family head Kulletira Guruvappa said.

The Kodava family hockey tournament will be inaugurated in the presence of Kulletira family Pattedar Kulletira S Madappa, high court advocate Ajjikutteera Ponnanna and Indian hockey team former captain M P Ganesh.

As 333 teams are participating, the tournament will be held until May 20.

Exhibition match

On an inaugural day, an exhibition match will be held between former Olympic players team and international hockey players from Kodagu team.

Former Olympic players team will have Deepak Takur, Prabhujoth Singh, Raj Pal Singh, Vikram Pillai, Yuvaraj Valmiki, Devendra Valmiki, Adrin D'Souza, Dinesh Chouhan and others.

International hockey players from Kodagu team will feature Nithin Thimmaiah, S K Uthappa, Nikin Thimmaiah, Raghunath Pradhan Somanna, K P Somaiah, K T Cariappa, and Cheppudira Somanna.

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