Inter-IIT Sports Meet begins at IIT Madras with fanfare

The meet features 1,830 boys and 500 girls from all the 23 IITs in the country competing in 11 different sports.

Viren Rasquinha, former captain of Indian hockey team and Arjuna Awardee, was the guest of honour for the event.    -  Prashant Nakwe

The 52nd edition of the Inter-IIT Sports Meet commenced with fanfare on Friday, with the opening ceremony being held at Manohar C. Watsa Stadium at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras campus.

Viren Rasquinha, former captain of Indian hockey team and Arjuna Awardee, was the guest of honour for the event. The meet features 1,830 boys and 500 girls from all the 23 IITs in the country competing in 11 different sports. The sports include Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Cricket, Football, Hockey, Tennis, Squash, Table Tennis, Volleyball, and Weightlifting. Two more sports were held during the Aquatics Meet in October.

Delivering the inaugural address, Rasquinha said, “My motto in life has been to do things that others said I cannot do. In life, many people will tell you, you cannot achieve certain things but if you put your heart, soul & mind, and work together as a team, you can do anything in life. I hope this Inter-IIT Sports Meet would be a great experience for you”.

Addressing the inaugural function, Prof. Bhaskar Ramamurthi, Director, IIT Madras, said, “Around 2,500 IIT students are here for the 52nd edition of the Inter-IIT Sports Meet there are a total of about 75,000 students in all the 23 IITs. One out of every thirty IIT student is here. It is good to see such interest among students in sports”.

The current defending champion is IIT Kanpur. IIT Madras has won the general championship nine times back to back from 1972 to 1980, which is the longest winning streak in the history of the meet. The institute has also won the championship a total of 18 times out of the 51 editions held previously.

Sportstar is the media partner for the meet.