Football, Cricket and live performances by Aagman : The Band, Benny Dayal and Shalmali Kholgade. All this and more
5000 students from 800 colleges from all over India take a break from the rigors of academics to plan their itinerary in Goa. The occasion? Spree. The annual sports festival of BITS Pilani Goa Campus. With events spanning the entire spectrum of sport, ranging from no-contact intellectual battles (chess) to full contact physical battles(football), Spree brings high octane entertainment for all involved. With the enormous footfall, it is arguably the biggest and best sports festival in India. The main events of Spree include Cricket, Football, Volleyball, Carom, Chess, Badminton, Basketball, Table-Tennis and Lawn tennis. The sheer number of events is a testament to the facilities available, with Cricket even being played on a BCCI approved ground, which, incidentally, has its own mention on ‘Cricinfo’, owing to the ‘Vijay Hazare Trophy’, to which the campus was host.
Football is probably the other highlight of Spree, with BITS Goa’s own football team, BITSFC, competing in the Goan second division. ‘Kickoff’ as the competition is known, is expected to be a major crowd puller. The era of dominance of cricket in India finally seems to be ending if the indications from this particular sample space of youngsters are anything to go by. The defending champions in each sport will return, looking to renew their stay at the top.
On a different note, Aagman, the band performed during the opening night, keeping all hooked to their seats with their scintillating performance. The band’s high potency set the tone for the sports fest and resulted into an inebriating event.
Next in was Shalmali was perfoming on the first night. Enrapturing one and all with her enigmatic voice which combined with her youth, zeal and attitude left everyone asking for more. Her recent hits which include Aga Bai from Aiyya and Lat Lag Gayi from Race 2.
With a honeyed voice, an intense passion for music and a Filmfare award tucked under his arm, playback singer Benny Dayal will woo the crowd by churning out the best foot-tapping and catchy numbers in Bollywood like ‘Pappu Can’t Dance Saala’ from ‘Jaane Tu…Ya Jaane Na’, ‘Kaise Mujhe Tum Mil Gaye’ from Ghajini and ‘Aadat Se Majboor’ from Ladies vs Ricky Bahl.
Special Events include;
Shuffle (a mixed doubles table tennis event where your partner is shuffled every round),
Antichess (A quirky variation of Chess where the competitors play to lose), 3BA( Basketball with 3 players in each team),
Futsal, Mixed doubles Badminton, Pool, Carom Pool, Gully Cricket, Table Tennis Doubles, Mini Tennis and KeepyUppey. Futsal is arguably the highlight of the Special Events, and a highly adrenaline pumping one as well.
A number of ‘offbeat’ events have also been organized with the emphasis being on good clean fun rather than competition. Indigenous sports like Kabaddi, Kho-kho, Pittu and Tug of War are highly anticipated events. With the highlight being Ultimate Frisbee, an intriguing mixture of Touch Rugby and Basketball, already popular in college circles all over India. The Spree Sports Quiz, organized by the Quiz club is also eagerly awaited by Quizzers.
Themed ‘Play to Inspire’, Spree 2013 also believes in spreading a strong social message through sport. The ‘Act to Inspire’ campaign has been launched keeping this in mind. The ‘Act to Inspire’ campaign encompasses the charity driven ‘Spree GOA half Marathon’, A blood donation camp, A tree plantation drive, a beach clean-up drive, and a wide Cancer awareness campaign.
All in all, the participants are in for an all action high octane ride. Sport done right. All thanks to those kids who got picked last.