Sports is a passion with both teenagers and old people alike, just as 60-year-
old M Sukumar who not only plays sports, but is also an avid collector of trivia and tidbits related everything to World records and Olympic records of all games alongside achievements of sportsperson of par excellence.
He has in his record achievements of every sports persons who ever took part in every World and Olympic Championships held so far including that of National Championships. Since 1985 he has collected innumerable clippings from newspapers and sport magazines, all pasted neatly on a cardboard in a chronological order according to the year of the achievements.
He has maintained separate profiles of shooter Abhinava Bindra, Davis cup players Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi, weight lifter Malleshwari, wrestler Sushil Kumar, athletes PT Usha, Anju Boby George, upcoming athletes who will be representing Olympics like Ashwini Poonappa, Jwala, Vikas Gowda and several others.
Naming his house 'Olympia', he has displayed a football atop his water
tank and has also named his vehicle 'Olympus' (after the Greek Goddess). A poster of some sports person adorns every door, alamariah and wall in his house. For his marriage invitation card he had art work of handball printed on them. He has even named his children MS Kishore as Nabuthaka Taguchi of Japan and MS Preetham as Abibikila of Ethiopia.
Sukumar, a retired Canara Bank officer has represented Karnataka consecutively for 27 years in the National Swimming and Handball competitions and various other athletic events. He has won several gold, silver and bronze medals especially in diving from a spring board.
He was selected as one of the international commentator during Commonwealth and Asian Games. Incidentally he was the first Handball coach for Nation Institute of Sports, Punjab and the first Mysorean to win diving championships in Swimming.
He says, “there are several good commentators (announcers) in Mysore, but it is sad that announcers are brought in from Bangalore during Dasara. Also the deterioration of of peoples involvement in sports and games is hurting me a lot. Though the next Olympics is fast approaching, no decision has been made to select and train good players from city.”
In 2002, he has started Vijayanagar Sports and Games Club and since then has trained hundreds of budding players. By next month he is planning to open a exclusive football club for girls.