IITB Republic Day Biathlon 2016

With an efficient government starting several path breaking initiatives, 2016 promises to be a memorable year. One very exciting initiative for learners of competitiveness focusing on venture competitiveness, may be the ‘Start-up India Summit’ where our PM and Team launched/declared an action plan having several measures to accelerate scale-up of start-ups.
Biathlon can be a good starting point for next level challenges such as Triathlon, which are getting popular in some Indian cities also. New organizing team of this Republic Day Biathlon lead by Group on Competitiveness (GoC) member Sneha Bhat has focused on quality measurements. Here are quick highlights of IITB Republic Day Biathlon 2016:
• Quality biathloners; more than 95 % participants successfully completed the biathlon, perhaps the highest percentage in IITB biathlons
• Increasing proportion of women, almost reaching 1/3
• Mayanka challenged men by competing in their category, which is much longer distance then women category
• Sustaining participants, some have started practicing
• Participation by several serious long distance players, who have already completed half marathons
• Better recording of time, thanks to efforts by Sneha & team
• Increasing contributions from SJMSOM on multiple dimensions
o Max. no. of staff participation (incl. first time entry by Dhaval and Pradeep)
o Repeat participation of ladies team
• Quick tips for beginners from accomplished achievers such as Sreenath and Anup Bali-a sports leader of SJMSOM who have already completed two Mumbai Full Marathons in less than two years of his stay on campus.

Table:   Leading participants in each category

Group behind Republic Day Biathlon 2016

Group behind Republic Day Biathlon 2016

Thank you volunteers for your contributions for improving quality in this event.

More pictures related to the R-Day Biathlon16 are shared  here.

We acknowledge cooperation from members of SJMSOM sports club SPIKE, led by Manmohan Singh. We thank Dr. Reddy Coach, in-charge Gymkhana, and IITB sports leaders Nihal, Sukhada and others for their help and sustained cooperation with IITB Biathlon. The event provided an opportunity for budding biathloners to meet, interact and learn from some accomplished enduros.

With signs of quality improvements, we are looking forward to an exciting 2016—the Olympic year—for friends who practice regularly.

Keep up on practice as more challenging events such as IITB Run (including Half Marathon), Swimming Gala and Swimathon await you on campus. Those very keen on next level challenges, feel free to talk to us at GoC, a unique greener group identifying potential champions of enduring competitiveness. Please do revisit this and other posts to know about opportunities for competing at conferences, journals and internship openings in specific areas: e.g.

  • Upcoming Conference:Technology Management and Competitiveness
  • Journal: International journal of Global Business and Competitiveness  (IJGBC)
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IITB Independence Day Biathlon 2015

Considering that 2015 is an unique year for Shailesh J. Mehta School of Management (SJMSOM) in several ways, we had desire to build on good work being done at IITB, the university sustaining top ranks in India. SJMSOM is also building steadily on research to sustain it’s position as a leading a niche management school of South Asia.   With emerging areas such as international competitiveness getting many capable students, SOM is likely to strengthen its differentiation.

This biathlon was dedicated to our beloved late former president of India,  Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam. We tried to improve on following fronts as compared to the past event:

  • Longer distances for cycling to increase the challenge
  • Higher women participation target was set and achieved
  • Staff participation was much better, including staff who rarely get such opportunities
  • First time, separate categories for campusites were introduces and good number participated

Glimpse of spirit of participants can be seen in photos here.  Medals were distributed by the Dean (Student Affairs), Prof. Soumyo Mukherjee (glimpse of select medal winners is given below; more can be seen at the drive.

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Spirit of the day at the start of the event

Prof. Mukherjee with the winner Mr. Manoj Kumar

Prof. Mukherjee with the winner Mr. Manoj Kumar

Joy of completing

Joy of completing

Key volunteer members

Key volunteers

We acknowledge contribution of volunteers who played a key role on that day, who worked at the back-end for many days with Lalit Lalwani (who did not get sleep previous night to make things happen), Anup Bali and his team.  Able proactive approach by the IITB Athletics Secy, Sukhada helped in many ways, including in systematic recording of timings for participants.

Let us think next levels creatively and cooperatively, and practice well to enhance IITB participation in higher level events. Feel free to talk to us (e.g. at coop@rediffmail.com, Subject: Feedback on I-Day Biathlon 2015) or directly to me @ your feedback at 2576-7759.

IITB Republic-day Biathlon 2015

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
Prof. Soman giving medal to a winner

Prof. Soman giving medal to a winner

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.

Members of core organizing team

Members of core organizing team with hostel staff who provided service

 

Volunteers who made the event possible with Prof. Sharat

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.