Sports Alumni Student Meet
SPASM - SPorts Alumni Student Meet
“Good, better, best. Never let it rest. Until your good is better and your better is best. ” this quote perfectly fit the enthralling display of experience, wit and never say die attitude of the alumni at this year’s Alumni Sports Day.
Brainchild of the basketball fraternity of IIT Bombay, this was the 2nd official annual Alumni Sports Day which witnessed tremendous competition between the energy of the present generation and that of the alumni. The event was full of activities comprising of talks, alumni -students matches and Inter-Sports Arm Wrestling and Tug of war competition which was followed by dinner and group discussions in SAC Lawns.
The post match fundae sessions (be it related to the life post IITs or the prospects and benefits of sports in everyday life) were undoubtedly the highlight of the complete event. The commitment and dedication shown by the Old Machine Guns from IITB left the students sports fraternity speechless.
Alumni showed the perfect blend of attitude, experience and sporting spirit with some exceptional performances in all the sports. Results of this year’s meet like last year were pretty much dominated by the alumni, winning in almost all the sports.
Athletics: Alumnus Ala al hihi came 5th in 1500m. (He used to win every race by a margin of 1 lap in Inter-IIT sports meets \m/) great show by him!
Badminton: Aashish Jog (Alumnus) beat Raunak Khandelwal(student) in singles.
Basketball: The Alumni team, captained by Captain Louis George, beat the student team by a whopping 18 points.
Cricket: Alumni Team won by a good margin.Great performance by Amogh Patkar, Rajesh Behra and Saransh Mahajan.Behra scored 35 runs, Saransh scored 31. Total of 6 wickets were taken by Rishipal Deora and Kartik Dalal. The Alumni Team showed an equally valiant effort in the field with a spectacular catch taken by Saransh Mahajan.
Chess: Students won... 3 1 vs Alumni Ishan (ELO Rtng 1993) won vs Fide Master Avinash Awate (ELO Rntg 2150). Ashwin (ELO Rtng 1923) won vs Professor Abhiram Ranade. Sachin won vs Ashay Awate(Alumni). Professor Phatak won vs Harshwardhan.
Football: The Institute team won 4-0. From the alumni side, Sumeet Malik, Kothi,Sorabh Sodhani and Vaibhav Kumar played well. Vaibhav kumar did wonderful goal-keeping
Hockey: Alumni team won by 8-7.Score was leveled on 2-2 after full time.Alumni team showed great experience and patience during strokes. Penalty Scores 4-4, with the alumni winning 2-1 in Sudden death.
Lawn Tennis: Close Doubles match between Institute Team and the Alumni Team (stopped in a Draw)
In singles, the students won. Great show and enthusiasm by alumnus Jayant Pendharkar.
Volleyball: Institute team defeated Alumni team 3 - 2 in a close match.There was an overall brilliant team play by the Alumni team. Wonderful performance by Sorabh Sodhani, Naresh,Vasanth amongst others.
Mountaineering & Wildlife: As a part of the Mountaineering Activity, we had invited Shree. Srikrishna Karkare who was Institute Mountaineering Secretary (1980-1981) and has been to many trekking as well as mountaineering expeditions during his stay at IIT. Student Alumni Interaction Session was arranged which was specifically meant for Mountaineering enthusiasts. We could get an alumni team comprising of 4 alumni from same batch (1982 passed out).Their names are as follows:
- Srikrishna Karkare
- Alka Karkare
- Santosh Sabnis
- Madhu Sabnis
Shree. karkare and team shared their mountaineering as well as trekking experiences and how they get involved in the same during stay at IIT . We have got many suggestions from them, one of which is Building up of Mountaineering Club in institute which can work on the various mountaineering education available and may schedule some events than merely going for BMC. A Wildlife Quiz was conducted post the interactive session.