M. M. Somaya

M. M. Somaya

M. M. Somaya has had a distinguished sports career. Having represented his home state Maharashtra at the junior level in hockey, football and athletics, he eventually chose hockey as his game of true calling. Playing in the right-half position Somaya has had the distinction of taking part in three Olympic Games — Moscow, 1980; Los Angeles, 1984; and Seoul, 1988. He was a member of the team that won the Olympic Gold in Moscow in 1980 and was captain of the Olympic team in the 1988 Seoul Olympics. Besides this he has represented the country at two World Cups, two Asian Games and three Champions Trophies among other major tournaments. The Government of India honoured Somaya with the Arjuna Award in 1985 for his achievements in hockey.