|January 1, 1980
Kozhikode, Kerala, India
|1.95 m (6 ft 5 in)
|Hyderabad Black Hawks (head coach)
Tom Joseph (1 January 1980 in Kozhikode) is an Indian former volleyball player who played for India in many international competitions.He is currently the head coach of Prime Volleyball League team Hyderabad Black Hawks. He got the Arjuna Award in 2014 for his great performance in volleyball throughout the year.
He was born on 1 January 1980 in Kozhikode.
He led the Indian National Volleyball Team during the Rashid Memorial International Volleyball Tournament held in Dubai in 2000 when it won the gold medal.Joseph represented India in two Asian Games and four Asian Volleyball Championships. He also played at the 2009 World championship qualifiers in Tehran. At the national level championships, Joseph played for his home state Kerala and helped Kerala winning the National Volleyball Championship in more than one occasions.
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Hariharan is an Indian film director who has directed over 50 Malayalam films. His movies mainly revolve around the cultural and relational aspects of a typical Keralite society. His most notable works include Sharapancharam (1979), Panchagni (1986), Idavazhiyile Poocha Mindappoocha (1979), Amrutham Gamaya (1987), Oru Vadakkan Veeragatha (1989), Sargam (1992), Parinayam (1994) and Pazhassi Raja (2009) which has won him wide critical acclaim. In 2019, he was awarded the J. C. Daniel Award, Kerala government's highest honour for contributions to Malayalam cinema.
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Valiyaveetil Diju, also known as V. Diju, is an Indian badminton player from Kozhikode, Kerala. He clinched six National Championships title, once in the men's doubles and five times in the mixed doubles. He represented India in the 2012 London Olympics, became the first Indian player to participate at the Olympics in the mixed doubles alongside Jwala Gutta. He is the winner of Arjuna Award 2014, given by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, government of India to recognize his outstanding achievement in National sports. He is also the winner of G. V. Raja awards, which is the highest government-level recognition for sports persons in Kerala. He is winner of Jimmy George award 2014. He is also winner of Vivekanandha sports excellence award 2014. He won the Youth excellence award also in 2014.He is the only mixed doubles player from India to reach top 10 in the world badminton ranking(BWF) .His highest ranking is number 6th in world ranking.
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