Bangalored in Kozhikode
20th and 21th January 2007
IIM Bangalore retained the overall championship, even as IIM Kozhikode notched up 5 points to come a close second in the annual IIMK-IIMB sports meet held in Kozhikode this weekend. The two-day sports extravaganza “Sangram 2007”, saw IIM Bangalore win 8 sports events out of the total 13 events organized.
Now in its third edition, this year’s sports meet had a 130-member strong contingent from IIM Bangalore visit God’s own campus (IIMK), with an aim of bettering their last year’s tally of 12-1. But, IIMK proved to be a worthy contender winning 5 events in all and giving a stiff competition in the rest. With the home crowd rooting them on, IIMK scored points in Basketball, Swimming, Snooker and Table Tennis (both men’s and women’s).
IIMB was a clear winner in Cricket, which it won by 6 wickets. Opener Amit Gupta’s unbeaten knock of 86 out of a total of 133, certainly made a difference to the game adding a point to the visitor’s score-card. IIMB won the football match 3-1, while it got an easy victory in Badminton (Women’s). The visitors also emerged a victor in Volleyball, Chess, Tennis and Throwball (women’s). However the celebrations for the visitors ended swiftly and with a thump as IIMK returned the favors in Table Tennis (a 3-0 win in both Men’s and Women’s events) and Basketball, whitewashing all competition. Asif of IIMK was the star of the Baskeball match scoring half of the points.
Badminton (Men’s) was a tough call till the end. Vikram Devare’s brilliant performance couldn’t help IIMK win Badminton, but the home crowd’s hooting made it a not-so-memorable moment for the Bangaloreans in spite of their victory, more so because they ended on a losing note with the last three events turning in favor of IIMK.
Intended to build camaraderie and lasting relationship between the two southern IIMs, the sports meet certainly symbolizes the cut-throat competitive spirit the IIMs are known for. If the Bangaloreans felt out-numbered and out-voiced more this time, they can settle the account when they host the meet next year.