Festival of Youth Sports


The annual sports fest of Shri Ram College of Commerce, the Festival of Youth Sport (FOYS) reached its culmination on the 7th of February as 10 different categories of sporting events reached their final stage. A busy last day, SRCC’s field and their sports complex continued to be the hub of activity, with different sports and games being simultaneously played one after the other.

The elaborate event, which boasted of 10 diverse and popular sporting competitions, involved matches which apart from being competitive, also kept the audiences enthralled. The final results saw a few new champions being crowned, while several competitors managed to retain their number one spot. In the outdoor sports category, the hosts-SRCC won the tournaments in Football, Baseball and Ball Badminton (Men’s). Shyamlal Anand College emerged triumphant as the tournament winners in Hockey, while the Ball Badminton (Women’s) category was won by Maitreyi College. In athletics, Sri Venkateswara College won in discuss throw, Daulat Ram College in Shot-put, and S.G.T.B. Khalsa in Long jump. S.G.T.B. Khalsa, also won the 100m race among boys, whereas this race for the women’s category went to Lady Shri Ram College for Women.


In the category of Indoor Sports, a pulsating Basketball final (Men’s) between Kirori Mal College and Shri Ram College of Commerce ended in the latter being crowned champions. The basketball tournament for the women’s group ended in a win for St. Stephen’s College, with the Stephen’s girls picking up a much deserved win. In Chess, the hosts (SRCC) managed a win whereas the finals of Carom resulted in Zakir Hussain College emerging victorious. S.G.T.B. Khalsa College picked up yet another win, this time in Badminton (Boys) with the Khalsa boys beating the home team in the finals. Last but not least, SRCC won the tournament in the group of Table Tennis (Boys), whereas Lady Shri Ram College won the same in the Girls category.

The sports festival, throughout its 4 day-course maintained a sporty ambience within the college, contributing to a general activity and buzz throughout the complex. This, apart from adding to the players energy levels, generated an atmosphere which was probably one of the main attractions of the fest.

Whether it is through the eyes of a random onlooker or a sports enthusiast, FOYS seems to be growing in power as well as in stature with each passing year. A sports summit well worthy of the hype, the amount of effort put into the festival was commendable to say the least. The event seems to have made a conscious attempt towards uniting sports fans from different parts of Delhi University.

 The incident took place when a tackle by SRCC Captain Ashutosh on Kushagra Rastogi of Venky resulted in an ugly fight between the two players. Soon enough, the other players as well as the SRCC alumni, who had come to watch the match, got involved in a brawl. Finally the coaches intervened and sorted the situation but could not prevent a red card each to Ashutosh and Kushagra.  The incident blemished the final as the incident was talked about more than the match itself. Ashutosh though was cheered by the home crowd after being given the marching orders. When enquired about the incident, Kushagra Rastogi said, “Aggression when overflows results in flaring conflicts off the ball. That being said the opposition player who was involved was, from the start, antagonising me, like stepping on my boots, giving sliding tackles without cause to win the ball. What triggered the outburst was when we were a goal down and I was tackled yet again from behind and the rest as we know is history”.

Although Ashutosh could not be reached, another SRCC player who did not wish to be named said, “It was a spur of the moment thing. Kushagra is a talented player but Venky players should not have messed with the captain and should have respected him.” Shashank Gupta [email protected] ]]>