S. V. Sunil

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S. V. Sunil
The President, Shri Ram Nath Kovind presenting the Arjuna Award, 2017 to Shri S.V. Sunil for Hockey, in a glittering ceremony, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi on August 29, 2017.jpg
Sunil (left) receiving the Arjuna Award from President of India Ram Nath Kovind (right), August 2017
Personal information
Full name Somwarpet Vittalacharya Sunil
Born (1989-05-06) 6 May 1989 (age 30)
Kodagu, Karnataka, India
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Halfback
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
0000–2008 Bangalore Hi-Fliers
2013– Punjab Warriors 13 (4)
National team
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007– India 250 (59)

Somwarpet Vittalacharya Sunil (born 6 May 1989) is an Indian professional field hockey player.[1] He represented India during the 2012 London Olympics and won silver with them at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.[2][3]

Early life[edit]

Sunil was born on 6 May 1989 to Vittalacharya and Shanta in the Kodagu district of Karnataka. At the age of four, he lost his mother. His father worked as a carpenter and his brother, a goldsmith.[4] Born to a poor family, he used bamboo for hockey stick during his younger days.[5]


Sunil made his senior international debut in the 2007 Asia Cup in Chennai, a tournament that India won.[1] He was also a part of the team that won the silver at the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in 2008. The 2011 Champion's Challenge was an early high point in his career in which he scored four goals, the most by an Indian forward.[1]

He represented India at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, where India won the silver medal.[3]

Hockey India League[edit]

In the inaugural auctions of the Hockey India League, Sunil was bought by the Punjab franchise for US$42,000[6] with his base price being US$13,900. The Punjab team was named Punjab Warriors.


  1. ^ a b c "Sunil: a key forward and a special player". The Hindu. 9 February 2012. Retrieved 25 August 2013.
  2. ^ "Sunil Sowmarpet Vitalacharya Bio, Stats, and Results". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 24 February 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Glasgow 2014 - Sunil Sowmarpet Vitalacharya Profile". g2014results.thecgf.com. Retrieved 24 February 2018.
  4. ^ "Kannadiga Sunil shines despite Father's demise". Our Karnataka. Retrieved 25 August 2013. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  5. ^ "Meet the heroes of Hockey". Men's Health. Retrieved 25 August 2013.
  6. ^ "Hockey India League Auction: the final squads list". CNN. 16 December 2012. Retrieved 14 January 2013. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)

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