Dr. Bharat Ram Sports Open Meet 2015-2016 was organized in Lady Shri Ram College for Women from 11th to 13th February in the spirit of promoting sportsmanship. It was celebrated in the memory of Dr. Bharat Ram, a great educationist and avid sportsperson.
The events included athletic events, chess, archery, shooting, lawn tennis, badminton, basketball, volleyball and table tennis, with participation from both men and women across ten sporting events. LSR, in fact, is a pioneer in this feat, by being the only women’s college which hosts a tournament catering to both men and women. From the very commencement of the tournament, adrenaline ran high, and the excitement was clear on the faces of both the participants and the volunteers. The tournament began with an opening address by the current NSO President and international swimmer, Vandita Dhariyal. Justice Gita Mittal, alumna and ex-NSO President gave the chief guest’s address. An interactive yoga display, a musical performance by the LSR Western Music Society and a dance performance by Eshna Kutty followed, pepping everyone up for the upcoming matches in the various events.
Men and women battled it out in their respective match-ups, which spanned across sports as well as the sexes- the table tennis match witnessed a mixed doubles match, embodying the spirit of egalitarianism. As formal matches spanned out, volunteers ran to make the tournament smooth sailing. As Ms. Meenakshi Pahuja, Assistant Professor,Physical Education, Lady Shri Ram College, noted, “In the entire college, the biggest engagement is that of the volunteers. Even students in the college with no sports background participate and help us.” The event had truly entered the arena of non-sportsmen also, as the Cricket match that was held for the non-teaching staff, and the Faculty games proved. At an informal level, a soccer tournament was also held. The winners for various events included Dayal Singh College (morning) for Shot Put for men, and Tanya Sharma from the host college for women. The first place for Singles Lawn Tennis was bagged by Rohan Punj and Bhavya Wadhawan, who are both from SRCC.
As the NSO President of Lady Shri Ram College, Vandita Dhariyal said, “Dr Bharat Ram Open Sports Meet is an event which captures the sporting spirit of young aspirants. We try to give a platform to everyone who comes and wants to display their skill. Our theme is to keep the sportsperson in you alive.”