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Ashneel Rodrigues and Divya NP of I year MBA emerged as male and female champions respectively in the annual sports day Utkarsh 2023 held here at AIMIT, St Aloysius College (Deemed to be University) on May 31. Team Phoenix won the overall championship.

Earlier in the day, a colourful march past by six teams from the College marked the inauguration of the sports day. Four students – Divya NP, Poovamma AS, Samoditha HG and Niveditha – who had performed exceedingly well at state and national level were the torch bearers while sports secretary Jeevith Sequeira led the march past teams.

The chief guest of the day was Tukaram M, chief officer, Kotekar Town Panchayat. In his message, he wished all success to the students. President of the function Dr (Fr) Praveen Martis SJ, Principal, SAC, recounted the example of the great US champion Wilma Rudolf, who despite a deformity, worked hard to become one of the greatest champions of the world. “Persons like her can be your inspiration in sports and in life,” he added.

Guest of honour, Dr Alwyn D’Sa, registrar and controller of examination, SAC also wished the students well.

During the course of the day, various track and field events such as 100, 200, 1500 and 3000 metres race, relay, discus, shot put and javelin throw and tug of war were held. Students took part enthusiastically.

The sports day was coordinated by Roshan Suvaris from IT department and Ravi Kudtarkar and Dr Nagendra from MBA department. Sports secretary Jeevith Sequeira led the student coordinating committee. Arun D’Souza, physical director of SAC, helped in conducting the sports events throughout the day.

Winners were given medals and certificates.