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