M. P. Ganesh

Mullera Poovayya Ganesh (born 8 July 1946) is a former Indian professional field hockey player. He was also captain and coach of the Indian team. He was awarded the Arjuna Award in 1973.

M. P. Ganesh
Personal information
Full name Mollera Poovaiah Ganesh
Born (1946-07-08) 8 July 1946 (age 74)
Suntikoppa, Kodagu district, Karnataka, India
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)[1]
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1965 - 1973 Services
1974 Bombay
National team
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1969 - 1974 India 100+

Personal lifeEdit

Ganesh was born on 8 July 1946 in the Kodagu (earlier known as Coorg) district in Karnataka. He switched over to hockey when he joined the Indian Army and played in the hockey tournaments from 1966 - 1973. Ganesh has completed MA in English, Diploma in Sports Coaching from the National Institute of Sports, Patiala and Ph.D in Physical education. Ganesh has 5 siblings (one sister and four brothers) of which 2 brothers, M P Subbaiah and M P Kaveriappa have achieved great laurels in both Football and Hockey at All India and national levels [2]

M. P. Ganesh (standing sixth from left) with the Indian hockey team, Seoul Olympics, 1988, as coach


  • Arjuna Award - 1973[3][4]
  • Silver Jubilee Sports Award of Karnataka - 1981
  • Padmashri award - 2020


  1. ^ "Player's Profile". Archived from the original on 18 April 2020.
  2. ^ "M. P. Ganesh biodata" (PDF). coorgblossom. Retrieved 20 January 2013.
  3. ^ "Padma Awards 2020 Announced". pib.gov.in.
  4. ^ Desk, The Hindu Net (26 January 2020). "Full list of 2020 Padma awardees". The Hindu.