Festival of Youth Sport: Gautam Gambhir and Sushil Kumar attend SRCC’s annual sports festival

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The Sports Committee, Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC) organized its annual sports event from February 3rd to February 6th 2015. Festival of Youth Sport’15 is an amalgamation of more than ten non-traditional sports’ events.

Festival of Youth Sport this year had a footfall of over 15,000 students with participation by over 1800 athletes. It attracted students from around 70 colleges across India like IIM’s, IIT’s, BITS and FMS in addition to other Delhi University colleges.

Gautam Gambhir at the opening ceremony, Festival of Youth Sport
Gautam Gambhir at the opening ceremony, Festival of Youth Sport

Renowned Indian Cricketer, Gautam Gambhir, inaugurated the festival on Day 1 by lighting the athletic torch. The Indian opener talked about his experience and the importance of sports in his interactive session. This was followed by various sports events like Basketball, Football, Chess, Cricket, Badminton, Taekwondo, Hockey, Table Tennis, Athletics, Carom, Snooker and other adventure sports.

On the cultural front, Surjeet Bansal (runner up of dance reality show – Just Dance) and Shraey Khanna, a former team member of MJ5 (winners of India’s Dancing Superstar) performed with their respective dance troops.
Misba, the western dance society of Sri Guru Gobind Singh College of Commerce danced to its annual production. Vivaan, a bilingual musical group also gave a band performance for the audience.

Day 2 began with the Mini Marathon at 6:30 AM. The 6 km circuit of Marathon covered the various places of Delhi University like the Ridge, VC Office and University Stadium to name a few. This event recorded participation by around 600 runners. Top ten girls and boys were awarded the goodies by the organizers.

The second day also hosted quarter finals of flagship games whereas Day 3 took the semi-finals to the center stage.

Day 4 began with the final matches in the respective games. In the Football final, SRCC triumphed over St. Stephen’s College whereas the Basketball match saw old rivals Kirori Mal College (KMC) and SRCC fighting for the final trophy with KMC emerging as the winners.

Badminton match in progress at Festival of Youth Sport'15
Badminton match in progress at Festival of Youth Sport’15

The four-day festival ended with the Closing Ceremony, which was attended by Sushil Kumar, Arjuna Awardee and Khel Ratna winner for wrestling. He addressed the audience and asked the youth to consider giving back some of their debt to the motherland by means of sports or some other national activity.

This was followed by prize distribution to all the winners by Sushil Kumar and the Principal of college, Shri. Ashok Sehgal.

Image Credits: Greta Khawbung
Gautam Gambhir’s images by Swapnil Soni (SRCC)

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