SPORTS Basic Info

SPORTS Basic Info

  • Father of Kerala sports – Lt. Col. Goda Varma Raja (G C Raja)
  • Kerala Sports Day – October 13 (Birth Anniversary of G V Raja)
  • First President Kerala State Sports Council (KSSC) – G V Raja

  • G V Raja was the founder President of the Travancore Sports Council renamed Kerala States Sports Council.


  • He also played a key role in establishing the Thiruvananthapuram Tennis Club.
  • He was the first person from Kerala to become an office holder of BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) when he became its Vice President.
  • Kerala State Sports Council  instituted the G V Raja award, awarded yearly for excellence in sport.
  • The prize money of G V Raja award – Rs. 1 lakh
  • First International Grand Master in chess from Kerala – Geetha Narayanan Gopal

  • The only olympic medal winner in Kerala – Mannuel Federick (hockey player)
  • The famous footballer who known by the nick name ‘Kala Hiran‘ – I M Vijayan
  • First Malayali who played in the Indian Cricket team – Tinu Yohannan (2001)
  • The First Malayali to include in final eleven in a world cup cricket final – Sreesanth (2011)

  • The first stadium in Kerala which hosted international ODI match – University stadium Thiruvananthapuram. (1984)
  • Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium (Kaloor International Stadium) situated at – Kochi
  • The first high altitude cricket stadium in South India – Krishnagiri cricket stadium (Wayanad)
  • P R Sreejesh is an Indian field hockey player and plays as a goal keeper in the Indian National Team.
  • First Malayali to become Indian field Hockey team Captain – P R Sreejesh
  • The International Astro Turf Hockey stadium is a hockey stadium under construction in the city of Kollam.
  • It is the first of its kind in the state of Kerala.
  • Jimmy George one of the greatest Volleyball players of all time was hails from Kannur district Kerala.

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