BITS, Pilani to host 32nd Open Sports Meet from September 21

One of the largest sports fests in the country, the BITS Open Sports Meet (BOSM) will be held for five days with an expected turnout of 1500 participants from 60 colleges.

BITS Pilani has also partnered with India on Track — Arsenal Soccer Schools India for the upcoming edition of BOSM.

Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS), Pilani will host the 32nd BITS Open Sports Meet (BOSM), a five-day competition which is one of the largest student-managed sports fests in the country. BOSM will be held from September 21 to 25.

Initially, the fest used to be a one-day event that was planned and executed by the institute itself. Over the years, it has evolved into the entirely student-run, not-for- profit fest that it is today. BOSM is also the only sports fest in the country to have an official mascot — Baxter the Desert Eagle.

The 32nd edition of BOSM is expected to have teams from all around the country along with a few international teams from Sri Lanka. The expected turnout is close to 1500 participants from over 60 colleges.

The chief guest of BOSM 2017 is Devendra Jhajharia, a Paralympic gold medalist. He won his first gold in the javelin throw at the 2004 Summer Paralympics in Athens and bettered his previous record by winning another gold at the 2016 Summer Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro.

He has also been honoured with the Padma Shri in 2012, Arjuna Award in 2004, and the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna in 2016.

Tanvie Hans, one of the most successful women footballers from India, is expected to address all students on the September 22. She has played for some of the best football clubs in the world, including Tottenham Hotspurs FC and Fulham FC.

BITS Pilani has also partnered with India on Track - Arsenal Soccer Schools India for the upcoming edition of BOSM. A three-month football camp is being organised on campus, with foreign professional coaches training the students. This association is the first of its kind, as BITS Pilani has professional football training being offered to its students inside the campus.

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