Can you name few famous Indian Volleyball players ?
Volleyball is played by two teams that has six players each. It is a sport that needs minimal equipment and is both an indoors and outdoors sport. India has some of the best Volleyball players, some of these are :
- Jimmy George– When it comes to Indian volleyball, Jimmy George is one person who is considered to be the greatest volleyball players of all time. He was born in Peravoor on March 8, 1955 and died in November 30, 1987. He was a member of the Men’s national volleyball team. George attained the distinction of becoming the first Indian volleyball player to attain a professional and he played at a professional volleyball club in Italy. Jimmy represented India and played for the national volleyball team in the Asian Games in Tehran (1974), Bangkok (1978) and in Seoul (1986) where India won the bronze medal. He captained the Indian team and led them to victory in India Gold Cup International Volleyball Tournament at Hyderabad in 1986.
- A.Palanisamy – Palinasamy was a volleyball player who hailed from the state of Tamil Nadu. He died on 12 November, 2007. Palinasamy was a part of the national volleyball team when they played in the Asian Games in the early 60s. He was nicknamed Black Panther because of the ferocity of his movement on the court, particularly in the 1962 Asian games held in Jakarta. He was also named Asia’s No 1 player in 1962. Palinasamy was the first player to receive the Arjuna Award in this sports category. He retired from volleyball in 1998 after coaching the Sivaganga District in Tamil Nadu.
- Cyril Vellore– He is one of the prominent volleyball players who hails from Kerala. He has represented the country in various national and international championships which includes the 1986 Seoul Asian Games where he captained the Indian team that won the bronze medal. His partnership with Jimmy George in the 1980s volleyball team made them a force ot reckon with, as they together played for the country. He was awarded the Arjuna Award in 1986 for his contribution to the Indian volleyball.
- Balwant Singh Sagwal – He is more popularly known as Ballu. Sagwal was a star player in the India Men’s National Volleyball Team. He was born in the village of Kaul in Haryana and came from a modest family. Sagwal had joined the Border Security Force which had the distinction of producing the best volleyball players at that time. He was instrumental in mobilising Punjab’s victory in national volleyball tournaments in the 1960s and 70s. Sagwal was awarded the Arjuna Award for his contribution to volleyball in 1972. Sagwal died in November 2010, however, he has left behind a legacy of volleyball through his volleyball academy in Kaul.
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