September 15, 2010
Inter-campus sports tournaments were organized at the Amrita campus in Coimbatore last week, for Basketball, Table Tennis, Chess, Weightlifting and Power-lifting.
Students traveled from Amritapuri, Bengaluru, Kochi and Mysore to participate.
“These events have always united all five campuses in our institution,” stated Dr. S. Krishnamoorthy, Registrar, at the inauguration. “This is a platform where we feel the oneness, despite stiff competition on the ground.”
Students seemed to agree.
“Games are good. Opponents are friendly. Crowd is great,” remarked Arjun Mohan Kumar, first year MBBS student from Kochi who participated.
The hosts cheered the participants, even as the events showcased the talents of the Amrita students, both boys and girls.
The winning students will have the opportunity to travel to and participate in the sports meets organized by the Association of Indian Universities (AIU), Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham being an AIU member.
“We are witnessing a wide plethora of talented young players,” stated Mr. O. J. Kumaresan, Physical Education Director at Coimbatore. “This inter-campus meet, in addition to meeting other objectives, is helping our students prepare for national-level competitions.”
“The best from our pool of talented players will represent the institution at AIU and other national meets.”
Several students who won, credited the infrastructure and the training opportunities available to them at Amrita, for having helped them hone their talents.
M. Barath, final year student of B.Tech. (Chemical Engineering) from Coimbatore, participated in weightlifting, and won the Best Lifter Award.
“This is the second time I am competing in the inter campus tournaments,” he shared. “I had a more clear idea this time on how to go about it. I thank our gym instructor, J. Selva Nambi, for providing good training for weightlifting.”
Agile P. K., Gym instructor at the Amritapuri campus added. “Even beginners have good opportunities here as they get a chance to practice and become better; some even then participate in national-level events.”
Yazhini B., final-year student of B.Tech. (Civil Engineering) from Coimbatore shared her experience. “This year’s intercampus tournament saw stiffer competition as compared to previous years. All teams tried their best to perform.”
“We had a great time practicing for the games. These are the most awaited events of the year and it’s always sad when they come to an end.”