“In 1987, I was studying Pre-Degree in S.D College, Alleppey and I had an opportunity to represent for Club called ‘Friends Association’ in Junior Level Kabaddi Championship, a Club level tournament. For the competition, one of the rules required that the weight of the players should be below 50 Kg and fortunately, I was skinny and weighed 45 Kg. While playing against one of the local team, my left hand got fractured and to set the bones, it was covered with Plaster of Paris. So, I was completely down on bed rest for two months. During the resting period, my body weight rose to 70 Kg. Because of my overweight, I faced a lot of problems as I could not qualify for the Kabaddi Championship. After the gap of two months, I decided to gear up again to prove my fitness but it was my bad luck that once again in a practice session my left hand got fractured. So, I lost the chance of representing myself in the competition. It was the second year of my Pre-Degree and I opted for Mathematics and Science. Because of fracture, I was not able to attend the Science Practical Exam. Hence, I lost my 2 years of Pre-Degree life as well. However, I decided to shift from Science to Commerce and privately took the course and completed Pre-Degree in the year 1989. Once again, I joined S.D college. So, I could say that I studied very well to represent the college once again in the game of Kabaddi. In the year 1989 and 1991, representing Kerala in South Zone Kabaddi Competition, my performance was appreciated and officials from Hindustan Machine Tools (HMT) from Karnataka region spotted me inspite of the fact that we were not the winners but were able to defeat Karnataka twice. In 1992, I was appearing for B. Com final year exam and it came as a surprise to receive Offer of Appointment from HMT, selection being made on trial basis. So, in the trail session, out of 90 to 95 candidates, 3 were selected and I was one of them. Finally, after completing all the procedures of selection, I got Final Appointment letter from HMT in 1993. But I was still having one more problem. I failed in two papers of Commerce subject in the final year. After the appointment, I found it hard to appear for the exams as I was fully occupied with tournaments. At last, I managed to pass it after 5 years of appointment i.e. in the year 1997.”
Parameshwaran R is NIS (National Institute of Sports) qualified Kabaddi Coach and Sports Co-ordinator, HMT Sports Club, Bangalore. He is having 20+ years of experience in representing the State Kabaddi team and Central Public Enterprises Sports Control Board (CPESCB) as player and coach. He represented India in the Kabaddi Test Match against Srilanka in 1998 at Tanjavur and was a probable candidate for Indian Kabaddi Team Camp for the Bangkok Asian Games 1998. He has conducted coaching camps for Kerala/Karnataka State Team and Corporate Team and, summer camps for school children.