THE ARJUNA AWARDEE
Anthony Maria Irudayam popularly and afectionetly known as 'Maria' was born on 2nd June, 1956 at Chennai (Tamil Nadu). He studied upto SSLC. During his school days, Maria made a mark in various disciplines, Soccer and Carrom being his favourite games. All though he continued participating in Inter School games in Soccer, he set his eyes on the game of Carrom at the age of 16 years and started competing in different tournaments. Considering his talent in sports the Custom Department of the Government of India gave him appointment under 'sports quota'. His achievements at the State, National and International levels were recognised when Indian Airlines Offered him an appointment which he accepted in the year 1991. Keeping in view his performance at National/International, he was promoted as Traffic Supdt. And got further increments and promotions.
Record set by A. Maria Irudayam
1. He bacame the State Champion in his State 10 times during the period 1982-1993.
Awards received by Maria
♣ Best Student Sportsman Award by Tamil Nadu Sports Journalist Association.
♣ Outstanding Sports person of TamilNadu Award.
A. MARIA IRUDAYAM