M. P. Ganesh
Personal information
Full name Mollera Poovaiah Ganesh
Born (1946-07-08) 8 July 1946 (age 77)
Suntikoppa, Kodagu district, Karnataka, India
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)[1]
Senior career
Years Team
1965 - 1973 Services
1974 Bombay
National team
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1969 - 1974 India 100+
Medal record
Men’s Field Hockey
Representing  India
Olympic Games
Bronze medal – third place 1972 Munich Team
Hockey World Cup
Bronze medal – third place 1971 Barcelona Team
Silver medal – second place 1973 Amsterdam Team
Asian Games
Silver medal – second place 1970 Bangkok Team
Silver medal – second place 1974 Tehran Team

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

He was the head coach of the India hockey team at the 1990 Hockey World Cup.[2]

Personal life

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 [3]

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



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  2. ^ "Indian Coaches in Men's Hockey World Cups". hockeypassion.in. Hockey Passion. Retrieved 18 November 2022.
  3. ^ "M. P. Ganesh biodata" (PDF). coorgblossom. Retrieved 20 January 2013.
  4. ^ "Padma Awards 2020 Announced". pib.gov.in.
  5. ^ The Hindu Net Desk (26 January 2020). "Full list of 2020 Padma awardees". The Hindu.