One month into the semester and it’s time for BITS Pilani’s first fest of the session. The 30th edition of BITS Open Sports Meet or BOSM will take place from the 18th to 22nd September. This year BOSM will witnesses roughly 1500 outstation participants from IITs to Delhi University along with international participation from Sri Lanka and Dubai. With a professional show and new events lined up, the fest is set for a complete revamp this year. Here’s a look at the major new developments this time around:
The inauguration ceremony scheduled for the 18th will host Mrs. Premlata Agarwal, the oldest Indian woman to scale Mt. Everest as the chief guest with Mr. Joy Bhattacharya as the Guest of Honour for the occasion. There is also an inspirational talk scheduled by Mrs. Premlata on the 19th based on her lifetime achievements and the struggles she endured for the same.
BOSM witnesses a professional show for the first time ever with “The F16s” , an electro indie band from Chennai coming down to Pilani as part of their new album launch. The event serves a twofold purpose-drawing in the general crowd and setting the tone for the other fests to come. Ignition, the LAN gaming event is also being reinstated this year with a lot of popular games and it promises to be a major crowd puller. A F1 simulator and football game screening are also on the itinerary. The usual and widely popular street football, box cricket and zorbing as well as Mountaineering and Adventure Club’s Spartan Dash are also seeing a renewal.
Among the sporting events, women’s football and an Indian sports zone which will include kabaddi and pitthoo are being introduced this year. In addition to this there are the regular events planned for this BOSM too, ranging from the BOSM sports quiz to photography and commentary competitions.
The organising committee (the CoSSAc) as well as the Sports Financial Committee is adopting a more liberal approach towards things. Plans are in place to enhance BOSM as both a sports fest as well as a BITSian one. The sports secretaries of the various hostels are being involved in streamlining the management process. Due to a surplus of funds, there is bound to be an increase in prize money and every participant will receive a goody bag. The BOSM app will be getting a brand new interface and matches are being prescheduled to afford the teams greater convenience.
BOSM promises to be much bigger and better this year. With the tireless effort being put in to make the sporting fest grander than ever before, there is definitely going to be a lot to look forward to.
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