MIC hosts annual MU athletics meet2 min read
H N Udaya Shankar, registrar-evaluation, Manipal University (MU) was the chief guest for the inaugural ceremony and MV Kamath, honorary director of the Manipal Institute of Communication (MIC) later presided over the function. The Annual Champions meet was hosted for the first time by Manipal Institute of Communication (MIC).
The two-day event saw 18 colleges of MU from Manipal and Mangalore participate in the event. There were eight events with 16 sub-events under various categories.
The second day of the event faced some trouble with rain playing spoilsport as the ground became boggy. “Despite rains all the events were conducted well on time and there were no problems,” said Padmakumar K, sports coordinator. However, Lijo T Joy who came to cheer his college – MCON said, “The authorities should not have conducted the events when it was raining heavily as the tracks were slippery and could have been dangerous for the athletes.”
For MIT, Arjun Narayan turned out to be the wonder boy with him winning individual gold medals in High Jump, Long Jump, Triple Jump and 100 m (men) earning 20 points for his team. “I am happy that I was selected as the ‘Individual Champion (Men)’ but we winning the ‘Overall Men’s Championship’ added to the treat,” said Arjun who also set a new meet record of 6.33 m in Long Jump beating the previous record of 6.14 m.
More than five new meet records were set this year with two of them coming from Sukesh Kulal of MCON, Manipal in 5000 m (men) and 800 m (men). He won total of four gold medals in the event and his college went on to lift the trophy for the Overall Championship. Anitha K of Manipal University Teaching Department was selected as the ‘Individual Champion (Women)’ and her college was declared the ‘Overall Champion’ in the women’s section.
The event concluded with the prize distribution and closing ceremony. G M Bhat, director of ICAS was the chief guest and Anice George, dean of MCON the special guest for the evening.
Talking about the event, Varadesh Hiregange, director of MIC said, “Sports in MIC has considerably picked up in the last one year and there has been a significant participation from students and faculty members. We look forward to host many such events in the future.” MIC won five medals at the meet and Ramya Krishna a masters student of MIC broke her previous record for Triple jump (women) of 8.79 m to 8.85 m. H B Kemparaj, director or physical education was present on both days and co-ordinated the meet.
Sub-edited by: Anusha Ravishankar