Kodava hockey fest: Iychettira Cup starts on April 21
The 16th edition of the mega Kodava family hockey festival being hosted by the Iychettira clan this year will begin on April 21 at Ammathi in Kodagu (Coorg) district of Karnataka.
The hockey fever will grip Kodagu for the next 25 days till May 13 when 217 teams will fight it out at Ammathi, a town near Virajpet, known for its love of hockey.
Soon after the inauguration of the festival on Saturday, an exhibition match will be held between the Indian hockey team selected for the forthcoming London Olympics and the Coorg XI team. The coach of the Indian hockey team Michael Nobbs will be present on the occasion.
A huge gallery with a seating capacity of 25,000 has been built at the Ammathi school grounds. LCD screens have been installed near the ground for comfortable viewing of the match.
The state government has granted Rs 30 lakh for the hockey Utsav and Union External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna has released Rs 12 lakh from his MP fund for construction of toilets and other infrastructure near the ground.
The total prize money will be Rs 5 lakh, out of which Rs 1.5 lakh will be given to the winning team.