Inspiring the students to indulge in physical fitness regimes
Inaugural Torch Lighting by Prof. D.N. Rao, Pro-VC.
The third chapter of Sports Fest opened with the spectacular torch lighting ceremony by Prof. D Narayana Rao, Pro Vice-Chancellor, SRM University, Andhra Pradesh. The proceedings included welcome speeches by Prof. Narayana Rao, and Dr. D. Gunasekaran, while Dr. G S Vinodh Kumar, Fest Convener, and Dr. Abdul Mohimain, Sports Coordinator, Ms. Revathi Balakrishnan, Organizing Secretary graced the event.
Dr. Rao took the centre stage to explain the significance of indulging in sports. He says, “The adherence to rules of sports trains one to be disciplined in their personal lives. Sports entails physical fitness which can be leveraged to improve the alertness of mind, further assisting the students to be able to work hard in the frontiers of academics,” Dr. Rao also trusts that team sports enable the youth to work together to achieve common goals by strategizing and executing plans in a given time frame.
Dr. D. Gunasekaran further enthralled the students with his speech where he emphasized physical fitness and a positive mindset being mutually reciprocal. He states, “The complex systems of our being are maintained by the body and controlled by the mind.” He expresses his concerns that the youth are inclined to indoor games and video games which are not synced to fitness. “A nation’s development depends on its youth, and India is a vibrant country where we have a substantial young population. Inspiring this population to maintain physical fitness will ensure the growth of our country.”, says Dr. Gunasekaran.
On the note to uphold the essence of athletics, Pro VC declared the Sports Fest 2020 open. The two-day extravaganza featured events such as tournaments of football, cricket, basketball, volleyball, throwball, table tennis, chess etc. for both men and women students. Students from institutions like IIIT Nuzvid, Vasireddy Venkatadri Institute of Technology, R.V.R. & J. C. College of Engineering, Vignan’s Foundation for Science, Technology & Research, Prasad V. Potluri Siddhartha Institute of Technology, Dhanekula Institute of Engineering & Technology, K L University, SRKR Engineering College and many others enthusiastically participated in these events. On the first day, the knock-off rounds were played. Winners of the knock-out rounds geared up for the semi-final and final rounds. The next day decided the champions and runner-ups. Our boys of the football team played ferociously in the knock-out rounds and lost to the winning team only by one goal. As for the chess team, their brilliant strategies took them straight to the finals where they lost in the tie-breaker.
On 16th February afternoon, the Valedictory Ceremony began. Mr. JBS Vidyadhar, former Indian badminton player and present coach of the Indian Badminton Team graced the ceremony as a chief guest. Distinguished presence of Prof. D. Narayan Rao, Dr. D. Gunasekaran, Dr. G S Vinodh Kumar, Dr. Abdul Mohimain, Mrs. Revathi Balakrishnan, added dignity to the ceremony. The Men’s team of SRM University-AP bagged the runner-up prizes in football and chess tournaments. The women’s team of the university also secured runner-up positions in throwball, basketball and table tennis tournaments. Sri Rama Murthy, a member of the runner-up chess team of SRM University-AP, overwhelmed with joy, says, “this trophy has boosted our confidence. We hope to perform even better in the coming years.” K L University, with four champion’s trophies, was declared to be the overall champion of the Sports Fest -2020. With our national anthem in the background, this spirited festival came to an end with a promise of more successful events in the following years.