As a Community, Kodavas are known for their love of sports. While we have a large number of them representing the state and country in various sports and games, a few have been awarded the prestigious Arjuna Award by the Government of India, since 1973.
Mollera P Ganesh is the first kodava to have received this award.
A detailed list follows.
- 1973 Mollera Ganesh Hockey
- 1978-79 C.C. Machaiah Boxing
- 1985 Maneyapanda Somaiah Hockey
- 1988 Ashwini Nachappa Athletics
- 1996 Anjaparvanda Subbaiah Hockey
- 1997 Reeth Devaiah Athletics
- 2012 Ashwini Ponnappa Badminton
- 2013 Joshna Chinnappa Squash
- 2015 M.R. Poovamma Athletics
- 2018 Rohan Bopanna Tennis