The Festival of Youth Sport 2014, organised by the Sports Committee of Shri Ram College of Commerce, received a warm reception on its opening day as they welcomed a former Olympic medalist, Mr Vijender Beniwal Singh as Chief Guest for the opening ceremony held on 4th February. He was accompanied by another distinguished sportsperson, Shri Bhanu Sachdeva, a renowned swimmer and an SRCC alumnus.
The opening ceremony of the event, which started at 1 pm, saw the principal of SRCC, Mr P.C. Jain and the head of the Physical Education Department, Mrs. Kuljeet Kaur, welcome the chief guests, expressing their gratitude and appreciation in their speeches, followed by an orderly procession of the oath ceremony wherein 41 colleges from across the nation pledged towards upholding the spirit and values of the game. Subsequently, the chief guests addressed the SRCC crowd, talking about the need to encourage sports in India as well as emphasising on the importance of sports in our everyday lives. This final speech was followed by a host of cultural performances, including dance shows from National Cadet Corps, Deshbandhu College, ILLAS, as well as by SRCC’s very own western-dance society.
Following their traditional way of inaugurations, the chief guests for the event, Mr. Vijender Singh and Mr. Sachdeva were encouraged to basket a throw in order to formally commence a start to the Sports fest of 2014.
The only exclusive sports festival in all of Delhi Univerity, the annual event seems to be gaining considerable momentum as well as attention in recent years. This year, apart from hosting 10 different sports, the event also boasts of a flagship event, a Mini Marathon being organized on the 5th of February, 6 am onwards.