Jimmy George | Thunder on the volleyball court; 34 years in memory of Jimmy George – News18 Malayalam

It has been 34 years since the memory of Jimmy George, the legendary Indian volleyball star. Jimmy George’s smashes started from the village volleyball courts in Peravoor, Kannur and became the face of Indian volleyball after hitting the leagues in Europe. Jimmy George, one of the 10 best speakers in the world of volleyball, was unexpectedly released from the hustle and bustle of the volleyball court on November 30, 1987, in a car accident in Italy.

Jimmy was born on March 8, 1955 in Peravoor, Kannur. Jimmy’s family traditionally follows volleyball. So Jimmy learned volleyball with his siblings under his father’s tutelage. Based on the lessons learned from his father, Jimmy smashed into the ranks of legendary players in Indian volleyball. At the age of 21, he won the Arjuna Award, becoming the youngest player to win the award. He later became the first Indian player to play in the European Professional League.

Jimmy was a 1970 Calicut University player who later joined the Pala St. Thomas College team. Jimmy has represented the University of Kerala four times and has won the University Inter-University title. Jimmy joined the Kerala team in 1971 at the age of 16 and was a key player in the team for 11 long years. Jimmy was a member of the Kerala Police team until 1976, when he said goodbye to the volleyball court and the world.

Jimmy became the global face of volleyball when he retired from the service in 1979 to play for the Abu Dhabi Sports Club. He continued to excel with the Abu Dhabi Sports Club and became one of the best players in the country. Later, after moving to Italy in 1982, people began to praise Jimmy as the goddess Hermes.

Jimmy George represented India at the 1976 Seoul, 1978 Bangkok and 1986 Seoul Asian Games. Jimmy was instrumental in India’s progress at the 86th Seoul Asian Games, where India won bronze. Jimmy was one of the greatest attackers of the 80s, smashing the No. 10 jersey with the pride of sporting history.



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