B. P. Govinda
Personal information
Full name Billimoga Puttaswamy Govinda
Born (1951-03-04) 4 March 1951 (age 70)
Somwarpet, Coorg State, India
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)[1]
Playing position Forward
National team
Years Team Apps (Gls)

Billimoga Puttaswamy Govinda (born 4 March 1951 in Somwarpet, Coorg State) was an Indian professional field hockey player and the former captain of the Indian team.


Govinda was considered one of the fastest hockey players during his time and was known for his ball shooting ability.[2] He played for India in the three Asian Games: 1970, 1974 and 1978 with India finishing second in all the three of them. He also played in the 1972 Summer Olympics at Munich, 1973 World Cup in Amsterdam, 1975 World Cup at Kuala Lumpur which India won beating Pakistan 2-1 in the Finals and at the Montreal Olympics in 1976.

In 1972, Govinda was selected for the World XI team. He was awarded the Arjuna Award for his contribution to Indian hockey.

He then took up the role of the selector for the national hockey team.[3]


  1. ^ "Player's Profile". Archived from the original on 18 April 2020.
  2. ^ "Short Biography of Bilimoria Putaswamy Govinda - fastest hockey players of his times". Preserve Articles. Retrieved 20 January 2013.
  3. ^ "Hockey India prunes probables' list to 33". Rediff. 29 October 2012. Retrieved 20 January 2013.