Sports in KottayamKottayam is known for being the rubber hub of India. It is also the headquarters of major publications like Malayalam Manorama, Deepika and Mangalam. It has emerged as an equally famous name to reckon with in sports activities. Traditional martial arts, swimming, track and field events, cricket, basketball, volleyball and badminton are some of the sports played in Kottayam. Several sports colleges and training centres have made it big in recent times in the area.
Sports are gaining ground among the youth of Kottayam because of the increased employment opportunities in this area. A large number of students are taking sports as a conscious choice for training and employment and increasingly attracted towards sports education today.
Sports Personalities of KottayamThere are many sports persons of Kottayam who have brought its name on the national and international scene. Anjou Bobby George made her name as the first woman long jump bronze medal winner in the 2003 world championship held at Paris. Renjith Maheshwary is known for Athletics while Joseph Abraham is the famous track and field winner of the gold medal in 400m hurdles at Guangzhou Asian Games in 2010. Kottayam boys and girls have brought laurels to their town in other sports activities like swimming, volleyball, badminton, football and athletics. Names like Sebastian Xavier, Sumi Cyriac in swimming, Sini Jose in athletics, Alvin Antony in badminton, Mohammad Al Akbar in football and Daisy Thomas in volleyball are just a few in the long list of sportspersons of fame from Kottayam.
Athletics in KottayamKottayam is famous for its athletes. It has the singular achievement of providing three athletes to the Beijing Olympic games at one go. Chitra K. Soman, Preeja Sridharan and Sini Jose were chosen to represent India in that Olympic event.
Klaripayattu - the traditional Martial artsKlaripayattu is the ancient martial art. It was developed with the traditional vision of the human body in mind. A Kalari expert develops both mental and physical strength by using all the 5 senses of the body. The art taught in Kalari aims mostly at defending techniques while the martial arts of Orient concentrate mostly on offensive training. The traditional martial arts are slowly getting famous in Kottayam. Jai Hind Kalari Sangham situated at Athirampuzh Mattam Junction, Kottayam is famous for the revival of interest in the ancient traditional martial arts
Important Sports Events in KottayamKottayam boys and girls take part in all the major sports events held here. The Girideepam All India Invitational Basketball Tournament is one such event. The 23rd tournament was held in Nov 2013. Kottayam Sahodaya Regional Youth Festival, Marian trophy, and Virginia Memorial Tournament are some of the major sports events held at Kottayam. Lourdean is the prestigious annual All Kerala School Basketball Tournament held at Kottayam by the Lourdes School since 2003.
Sports Goods Suppliers in KottayamThe city of Kottayam has some efficient centres for Manufacturing and Supply of Sports Goods. Some famous suppliers in the district are listed below.
The TJP Greatwall Sports Pvt. Ltd.
J & J Sports
Stamps Sports Goods
Srinivassa Iyer road
C.M.S. College Road