Maneyapanda family to host 14th Kodava Hockey Festival

The 14th annual Kodava Hockey Festival “Maneyapanda Twenty 10” will be hosted by the Maneyapanda family at Ponnampet starting mid-April, according to a release issued by the family organising committee here on Tuesday.

The release said that 250 teams are expected to participate. The month-long hockey festival will be held at the two playgrounds located close to each other at the Ponnampet Junior College.

The logo of the festival will be that of a hockey player in yellow colour standing against a green background.

A core committee has been constituted to ensure that the festival is a grand success with men and women of all ages participating in the tournament. Over 3,500 players will be seen in action. The Maneyapanda family has approached the State Government for financial assistance as the festival involves a huge expenditure, the release said.

The 27-member core committee is headed by Brigadier Maneyapanda A. Devaiah (retd.) and Maneyapanda A. Ravi Medappa is its secretary.

The release said that the committee was trying to get several private companies to sponsor the event. Besides, it is expected that women of the Maneyapanda families who are now married into other Kodava families will also contribute substantially for the event.

In the Kodava Hockey Festival a large number of people belonging to a particular clan take part and it involves a huge expenditure.

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-The Hindu