Nehru Trophy Boat Race

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Nehru Trophy Boat Race/Champions Boat League
Alappuzha-nadubhagam-chundan.jpg
First played1952
Characteristics
Team members64 or 128 paddlers aboard per side
TypeVallam Kali
EquipmentSnake boat
VenuePunnamada Lake
Presence
Country or regionIndia

The Nehru Trophy Boat Tri Race/Champions Boat League is a popular Vallam Kali held in the Punnamada Lake near Alappuzha, Kerala, India. Vallam Kali or Vallamkaliy literally means boat play/game, but can be translated to boat race in English. The most popular event of the race is the competition of Chundan Vallams (snake boats). Hence the race is also known as Snake Boat Race in English. Other categories of boats which participate in various events of the race are Churulan Vallam, Iruttukuthy Vallam, Odi Vallam, Veppu Vallam (Vaipu Vallam), Vadakkanody Vallam and Kochu Vallam.

History[edit]

This Boat race has its origin in the Kerala district Alappuzha and was inaugurated in 1952 by Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru. The winner was awarded a trophy in the name of Jawaharlal Nehru.

In 2019, Nehru Trophy Boat Race was also made a part of the newly constituted CBL - Champions Boat League[1] and Star Sports Network become its television broadcasting partner.

The 2020 season of the league was dropped due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Winners[edit]

Karichal chundan has the most number of Nehru trophies,a total of 15. The current hat-trick title for continuously winning three times in a row is held by Kumarakom Town Boat Club under the leadership of Raju Vadakkathu Kumarakom Kottayam.

Year Club Winners Captain
1952 Nadubhagam Boat club Nadubhagam Chundan Chacko Mappila Maathu Mappila
1954 Kavalam team Kavalam Chundan Thomman Joseph
1955 Nedumudi NSS Karayogam Paarthasarathi Chundan KG Raghavan Nair
1956 Kavalam team Kavaalam Chundan Thomman Joseph
1957 Ponga Boat club Nepoleon Chundan Joseph Cheriyan
1958 Ponga Boat club
Kavalam Boat Club
Nepoleon Chundan
Kavalam Chundan
Cheriyan Joseph & TJ Job
1959 Ponga Boat club Nepoleon Chundan Cheriyan Varghese
1960 Kavalam boat club Kavalam Chundan Maathachan
1961 Ponga Boat club Nepoleon Chundan Cheriyan Varghese
1962 Kavalam boat club Kavaalam Chundan TJ Job
1963 U.B.C Kainakary Kainakary Chundan PK Thankachan
1964 U.B.C Kainakary St. George Chundan PK Thankachan
1965 U.B.C Kainakary Parthasarathi Chundan PK Thankachan
1966 Pulinkunnu boat club Pulinkunnu Chundan Thommichan
1967 Pulinkunnu boat club Pulinkunnu Chundan Thommichan
1968 U.B.C Kainakary Parthasarathi Chundan PK Thankachan
1969 Pulinkunnu boat club Pulinkunnu Chundan CC Chakko
1970 U.B.C Kainakary Kallooparamban Chundan Varghese Antony
1971 Kumarakam boat club
Champakulam boat club
Kallooparamban chundan
Pulinkunnu Chundan
Nellanikkal Pappachan & Chakkamma Kannotuthara
1972 Kumarakam boat club Kallooparamban Chundan Nellanikkal Pappachan
1973 Kumarakam boat club
Kallooparamban Chundan
Nellanikkal Pappachan
1974 Friends boat club Karichal Chundan PC Joseph
1975 Friends boat club Karichal Chundan PC Joseph
1976 UBC Kainakary Karichal Chundan PK Thankachan
1977 Thayankari boat club Jawahar Thayankari Chundan KS Varghese
1978 Thaynkari boat club Jawahar Thayankari Chundan KS Varghese
1979 UBC Kainakary Aayaparambu Valiya Diwanji Chundan Ravi Prakash
1980 Pullangady boat club Karichal Chundan Ramachandran
1981 No Winners
1982 Kumarakam boat club Karichal Chundan Nellanikkal Pappachan
1983 Kumarakam boat club Karichal Chundan Nellanikkal Pappachan
1984 Kumarakam boat club Karichal Chundan Nellanikkal Pappachan
1985 Friends boat club Jawahar Thayankari Chundan PC Joseph
1986 Village boat club, Kainakary Karichal chundan Sanni Akkarakkalam
1987 Village boat club, Kainakary Karichal chundan Sanni Akkarakkalam
1988 Pallathurathi boat club Vellamkulangara Chundan TP Rajbhavan
1989 UBC Kainakary Champakulam Chundan AK Lalasan
1990 UBC Kainakary Champakulam Chundan AK Lalasan
1991 UBC Kainakary Champakulam Chundan AK Lalasan
1992 Sreelakshmana boat club Kallupramban Chundan VN Velayudhan
1993 UBC Kainakary Kallupramban Chundan CV Vijayan
1994 Jet Airways Champakulam Chundan Antony Akkarakkalam
1995 Alappuzha boat club Champakulam Chundan Jos Jhon
1996 Alappuzha boat club Champakulam Chundan Anil Madhavan
1997 Navajeevan club Alappat Chundan KP Poul
1998 Pallathuruthi boat club Champakulam Chundan Domanic Kuzhimattom
1999 Kumarakam town boat club Alappat Chundan Sampath Kaniyamparampil
2000 Alappuzha boat club Karichal Chundan Bency Randuthikkal
2001 Friends boat club Karichal Chundan Tobin Chandy
2002 Kumarakam boat club Vellamkulangara Chundan Sanny Jakob
2003 Navajeevan boat club Karichal Chundan Thampi Podippara
2004[2] Kumarakam Town boat club Cheruthana Chundan Raju Vadakkath
2005 Kumarakam Town boat club Payippad Chundan Raju Vadakkath
2006 Kumarakam Town Boat Club Payippad Chundan Raju Vadakkath
2007[3] Kumarakam Town Boat Club Payippad Chundan Kunjumon Meluvallil
2008[4] Kollam Jesus Boat Club Karichal Chundan JiJi Jacob Pollayil
2009[5] Kollam Jesus Boat Club Champakulam chundan JiJi Jacob Pollayil
2010 Kumarakam Town Boat Club Jawahar Thayankari Chundan Joseph Philip
2011 Freedom boat Club Karichal Chundan Jiji Jacob Pollayil
2012 Freedom Boat Club, Kainakary Sri Ganesh Chundan JiJi Jacob Pollayil
2013 Harippadu Star Boat Club Sri Ganesh Chundan Arun Kumar
2014 United Boat Club Kainakary Chambakulam Chundan George Thomas
2015 Kumarakam Vembanad Boat Club Jawahar Thayankari Chundan Jameskutty Jacob
2016 Kumarakam Vembanad Boat Club Karichal chundan Jameskutty Jacob
2017 Thuruthippuram Boat Club Gabriel Chundan Ummen Jacob
2018 Pallathuruthi Boat Club Payippadan Chundan James Kutty Jacob
2019[6] Pallathuruthi Boat Club Nadubhagam Chundan Narayanankutty N Udayan
People watching Nehru Trophy Boat Race, 2013

Sponsors[edit]

Nerolac Paints is the official sponsors of CBL. Star Sports Network is the Broadcasting partner of league.

Prize money[edit]

CBL is ranked fourth of all sports league in India with a prize money of 5.9 crore.[1]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "SC". The Hindu.
  2. ^ Race Course, Mass Drill, Boat Clubs and Winners
  3. ^ "Nehru Trophy Winners". Archived from the original on 12 November 2008. Retrieved 8 August 2009.
  4. ^ "Nehru Trophy Winners". Archived from the original on 10 February 2009. Retrieved 8 August 2009.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 19 August 2009. Retrieved 8 August 2009.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "Nehru Trophy Winners". Archived from the original on 12 November 2008. Retrieved 8 August 2009.

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