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National Volleyball Coach and

Ex-International Volleyball Player (INDIA)

Sri M Syam Sundar Rao

Arjuna Awardee

Dronacharya Awardee

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Journey as a Volleyball Player     


Beginning days of Sports journey

Born in the agricultural family, since childhood I was very active in all village sports. In school days I was very good and promising in Ball-badminton. It was during those days Mr. Avadhani, a very famous kabaddi Player was my PTI and involved me in sports. Completed my school education in 1957 and joined PUC in VSR College, Tenali.

In 1958, Sri Late Chekkuri Buchiramaiah a great player and a great coach came to college to train the volleyball team. Since I was one among the tallest, he asked me to join the volleyball coaching camp and started training under his watchful eyes.


Sports during College days: Graduating in volleyball…..

After that there was no looking back and I completely devoted my time for volleyball. I gave up ball badminton even though I was an excellent player, winning medal in Andhra University and some all India tournaments.

Those days volleyball was very prominent in Guntur and Hindu College was patronizing the game. Late Sri V. Subba Rao the famous principal of the college gave scholarship to join the college and I shifted from Tenali to Guntur in 1960. We won Andhra University championship three times, represented Andhra University and played for Andhra state in National Volleyball Championship from 1960 to 1964.


Steps towards mastery in Volleyball and recognition thereof...

In 1964 I shifted my family from Tenali to Hyderabad. In Hyderabad I used to practice at Victory Playground. I joined the Artillery Center on sports basis in 1964. The same year we won the services championship. Played for the services team till 1971 and won 1 Gold, 4 Silver and one Bronze medals. Joining the Army was the great turning point for my volleyball career. During the period played for the Indian Team against visiting teams of Paris, Sri Lanka and Burma and won all series. Selected as stand by for the Indian Team in 1966 for the Asian Games at Bangkok. Selected for the Indian team in 1970 for the Asian Games but team did not participated due to some politics.


Glorious years as a Volleyball Player and first step towards coaching profession.

In 1971 I got my discharge from the army and joined South Central Railway. Played for the Indian Railway Team from 1971 to 1976. During this period I won 2 silver and 2 bronze medals in National Championship. In 1973 I completed my diploma in Volleyball at National Institute of sports, Patiala with distinction. In 1974 played for Indian team in Asian Games at Tehran. Government conferred me with Arjuna Award for the year 1974.

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Important Links...

Volleyball Federation of India (VFI)  

     Asian Volleyball Confederation (AVC) 

Federation Int'national de Volleyball (FIVB)

Ministry of sports and youth affairs, GoI

       Sports authority of  India    

Indian Olympic Association               

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