NEW DELHI, DECEMBER 26: IIT Delhi has won the coveted Overall Championship at the 53rd Inter IIT Sports Meet held at IIT Guwahati recently.
Apart from the Overall Championship, the team also bagged the General Championship trophy for Men and the March Past Trophy. The record this year has been nothing less than spectacular with the students from IIT Delhi bringing home 4 Gold, 2 Silver, 3 Bronze medals in the individual games along with the athletics championship for the men and the women.
Speaking about this achievement, Prof V. Ramgopal Rao, Director, IIT Delhi, said: “I am sure this streak would continue. My hearty congratulations to everyone, particularly the coaches and the players, who have contributed to this. A brand new Sports facility is also coming up at IIT Delhi, which will augment our sports facilities further. Our Distinguished alumnus Mr. Saurabh Mittal, Founder and Chairman of Mission Holdings has given a generous donation of Rs. 10 crores for this new sports complex.”
Out of the total number of medals won by the IIT Delhi players in the team and individual events, the boys won the athletics championship (Men), 4 Gold and 3 Bronze medals while the girls won the athletics championship (Women) and 2 Silver medals.
Adhhayan Bhanu, who led the IIT Delhi contingent, said: “I am feeling very proud of the fact that IIT Delhi has won the Overall Championship trophy. The last time we had won it, was at home. So, this one is a bigger achievement. We had prepared really hard for the Guwahati Sports Meet and each of our teams were Gold medal contenders. It happened for the 1st time that every IIT Delhi team reached the quarterfinals and on any other night they could have won their respective events. It was an honour to lead such a dedicated group of athletes.”
The Inter IIT Sports Meet 2018, which was held from December 11 – 21, 2018 at IIT Guwahati, witnessed the participation of 123 male and 42 female students from IIT Delhi.
In addition to this, an inter IIT aquatics meet was held in the first week of October 2018 at IIT Guwahati, where the men’s swimming team from IIT Delhi achieved the 3rd position.
The Overall Championship also includes points based on the performance in the aquatics meet.
With over 3500 participants, more than 50 events and over 500 matches, the Guwahati edition was one of the biggest events throughout the history of the Inter IIT Sports Meet.
The first Inter IIT Sports Meet was organised in 1961 at IIT Bombay with only five existing IITs participating (namely IIT Bombay, IIT Madras, IIT Kharagpur, IIT Kanpur and IIT Delhi), whereas in the 53rd edition of the Sports Meet 23 IITs participated.