Dr. Narender Dhruv Batras Visit to Kollam during Senior Women Nationals-2020

KERALA HOCKEY is the recognized body to Manage, Control, and Administer the game of Hockey in the State and it is recognized by Kerala State  Sports  Council. Kerala Hockey is the member unit of ‘Hockey India’, the National Hockey Federation. It is a registered society in the  State formed to develop the Game of Hockey. It came into existence on 24th August 2014.The first President and General  Secretary of Kerala Hockey was M/s Mariyamma Koshy (who has also adorned the post of Presidentship in Hockey India) and Francis K Paul. Kerala State Sports Council recognized Kerala Hockey as its affiliated member from 21st July 2017.

This game of Hockey has a bright history as it was deep rooted in Kerala and played by brilliant hockey players. It is  one  of  the  oldest  known sports of India; however  the  root  has  been weak in our State because of lack of training and infrastructure facilities. Talented children have to be properly trained  to  play  hockey  right from the school level. In  order to  bring  another  golden  period for  Hockey in the State, Kerala Hockey is promoting the game in schools and colleges in grassroots level.

Kerala has also produced brilliant Hockey players for the Nation. Hockey has brought the lone Olympic medal to the State.  The lone Olympic medal holder (bronze) in the  State  is  Mr Manuel Fredrick’s   ( Dhyan Chand Awardee)  who  hails  from  Kannur  District,  who  was   the   Goal Keeper of  Indian  Hockey  team  in  1972  Munich  Olympics. Padmasree P.R. Sreejesh was the  Captain of Senior   Indian  Hockey Team and has  won Asian Games  Gold  medal  and Common Wealth Games Silver medals hails from Ernakulam District. Besides this M/s Anil Aldrian, Sabu Varkey, Dinesh Naik (Olympians) and Niyaz (Asia Cup under 19 winners) brought laurels to the  State. In  addition to  this  Kerala   has   also  produced  Arjuna  awardee  Smt Omana kumari   (Asiad Gold Medallist) and several other  women  Internationals  in Hockey. During mid 1970’s  Kerala Junior Women Hockey team were crowned National Champions and runner ups several times. Hockey is the only Game who has brought Olympic, Asiad and Commonwealth Medals to the State. Thus the prominence of Hockey standout tall to get promoted among other sports disciplines in the State.