IITB biathlons have been attracting loyal participants as well as amateurs. This year was no exception about the challenge and spirit of new organizing team. Long week-end, participation in inter-college sports meet (for management students) and winter early morning can provide enough reasons for people less keen to participate. We had sought cooperation from key members of the “IITB Sports Council”, which they promised with enthusiasm.
Some key highlights of the event are
- While overall numbers were lesser, high enthusiasm of participants; more that 90 % completed full biathlon, perhaps the highest percentage ever
- Mens category had some strong competitors
- Several veteran professors supported the event; by words of wisdom from their long experiences, if not directly participating
- S. Soman, Prof. B.K. Chakravarthy graced the event
The best part of the event was getting wonderful tips from veteran Professors, who have sustained in much intense events for decades. Prof. Soman and Prof. Shart Chandarn shared several tips for benefit of participants. They urged aspiring winners to sustain practices, at least 2-3 times week.
At the same time, there are areas where improvements are needed. Relatively low desire of many young learners to take the challenge of collective health is a major challenge. Group and team health are not adequate to bring whole groups to the field. Without adequate no. of participants and groups, competition is sub-par to aim at next levels.
We wish to thank all, who directly or indirectly has been supporting the initiative. We wish to thank Prof. Yajnik, Dean students for desire to help. Prof. Sharat Chandran and Reddy coach has been contributing in many roles over years. We also thank amateur organizing team (snap below) for taking the challenge and deliver to best of their skills and abilities. Please do visit relevant sections of this blog for updates, incl. about research project opportunities.
Volunteers who made the event possible with Prof. Sharat and Prof. Chakravarthy
Indicative timing of lead players are given here for illustrative purpose only. Considering the situation and limitations, these should be considered illustrative only and not definitive.
Table Indicative timing of lead players in men and women category
|Lead players – Men|
|Manoj Saini||23 min 52 sec|
|Rakesh Meena||23 min 57 sec|
|Divyang||25 min 39 sec|
|Prof. Sharat||26 min 23 sec|
|Kuldeep Singh||26 min 32 sec|
|Lead players – Women|
|Nisha Naikodi||16 min 45 sec|
|Jyotsana Parmar||22 min 39 sec|
|Deepa More||24 min 25 sec|
Best of practice for exciting 2015.