Sports aficionados of Kgp will have a reason to rejoice as our annual sports meet, Shaurya, begins its third innings on 29th October. The three-day sports extravaganza promises to provide a platform for Inter IIT players to benchmark themselves against other stalwart teams, and enhance sportsman spirit among students. This year, the eight main events in the offing are Football, Volleyball, Athletics, Tennis, Hockey, Basketball, Table Tennis and Badminton. Of these, Athletics is a new addition, while the last three are open for girls. Cricket is not a part of the meet this time, since the grounds are being prepared for Inter-IIT 2011-‘12.
Though Shaurya is intended to be a sports meet, there has been an attempt to broaden the appeal and make it more like a fest. This year’s publicity campaign involved a series of interesting pre-events that have left everyone in anticipation. These included ‘In10sity’ – a slow cycling race, ‘Virtuoso’ – a T-shirt designing competition, both with prizes of Rs.10,000, and ‘Right Write’ – a case-study competition conducted in association with The Times Group. The winners of ‘Virtuoso’ were decided on the basis of the number of ‘likes’ the designs received on Shaurya’s Facebook page, making it a rather unique event. Students can also test their luck with ‘Fortune favors the Fortunate’, an online lottery. Workshops, including one on Maratha Martial Arts, have also been planned during the fest.
This time, with a significantly larger budget, an expected increase in the number of participating teams, pre-events, and even a separate Deco-team, the organizers are hoping to attract greater participation and change the perception that Shaurya is reserved for talented players only. Another commendable development has been their focus on the social aspect. Shaurya has sponsored the sports budget of many a school around the campus to nurture local talent. However, due to the unavailability of accommodation in the common rooms because of Illu preparations, outstation teams will be accommodated outside the campus.
The going so far suggests that Kgp is indeed going to witness a Blitzkrieg (literally meaning sudden war) which, incidentally, is the theme of the pavilion…We convey our best wishes to the participating teams till then!