Shaurya, the annual inter-college sports fest hosted by IIM Ahmedabad, saw contingents from more than 10 institutes battle it out across 16 different sports. The event – for the first time in its history – witnessed participation from outside the state of Gujarat, with teams from other IIMs (Indore and Udaipur), SCMHRD and SIIB from Pune contributing to an unprecedented footfall of over 400 players. Yet another milestone was the addition of four new sports to the tournament – Snooker, Squash, Women’s tennis and Women’s volleyball. Much to the participants’ relief, professional referees were roped in to arbitrate the 130+ matches held over 3 days.
With 11 gold medals and 3 silvers, hosts IIM Ahmedabad yet again walked away as dominant winners. However, retaining that top spot from last year was much harder that what the points tally reflected. Some matches were much closer than anticipated, and a couple from cricket and football proved to be a real treat for the burgeoning crowd watching from the sidelines. Action was witnessed on the sidelines too – the stakes in the cricket final were raised by the on-campus restaurant Bizarre who promised to treat the IIM-A cricket team if they managed to win. And triumph they did, by 3 runs, in a nail-biting finish! The football semi-final saw IIM-A, trailing by a goal, equalise in the final two minutes of normal time. In the subsequent penalty shootout, Daniel Warmuth, on exchange from Austria, missed his kick but made up in style through 3 consecutive saves to send the team through.
The enthusiastic response from participating colleges contributed to a three-fold increase in the size of the fest. But the Sports Committee, ably supported by the admin and staff, were more than up for the job. Sports Secretary Piyush Malviya was all upbeat “Plans are in place to make Shaurya even bigger next year with a separate team dedicated to organising it!”
(With inputs from the Sports Committee, IIM Ahmedabad)