VIE 2018- Keeping the sportsman spirit alive
The competition at the 19th edition of VIE, the Annual Sports Festival of Jain (Deemed-to-be University) definitely was a notch higher this year. With each passing year, VIE has seen increasing participation from the educational institutions all over India. The competition’s fame has also attracted participation from universities of the neighbouring countries.
The festival was inaugurated at the Kittur Rani Chenamma Stadium in the presence of Dr. Shankar UV, Director Sports, the Vice Chancellor Dr. N. Sundararajan, Dr. B.T. Venkatesh and Dr. Dinesh Nilkant, Dean, Faculty of Management from Jain (Deemed-to-be University).
A star-studded inauguration kept the participating students and guests engrossed throughout the evening. One of the biggest attractions at the event was Satnam Singh Bhamara, the internationally acclaimed basketball player who inaugurated the sporting extravaganza. He is the first player from India to be drafted into the National Basketball Academy (NBA) of North America. A stately 7’2”, most people usually feel dwarfed in his presence. He encouraged the participating sportspersons and shared several inspiring stories with them while addressing the gathering.
The crowd broke into waves of applause as the star player shot a few baskets and showed a few tricks up his sleeve.
Snehal Bendke, on the other hand, inspired the crowd with her exceptional achievements. Bendke of the Olympics fame is India’s first FIBA certified woman basketball referee. Not only this, she also became the first Indian referee who officiated at the Olympics.
While listening from their heroes was a rare opportunity for the budding sportspersons waiting to compete in VIE, the biggest moment for them came with the inauguration of the VIE trophy that has been bagged by Jain (Deemed-to-be University) repeatedly.
The prestigious sporting event that every educational institution dreams of winning featured cricket, basketball, badminton, table tennis, karate, volleyball, swimming and football. Participation of both men and women teams from universities such as SRM University, Hindustan University, MOP Vaishnav College, St. Joseph’s College, Loyola ICA Chennai and several other universities provided the required impetus for a high-quality sporting tournament.
JAIN brings home the BGS Inter-Collegiate Basketball Cup
The finals of the BGS Inter-Collegiate Basketball Cup created quite a stir with JAIN and SRM University going neck to neck for quite some time into the game. The team from JU took control of the game in the second half scoring a final of 79 points against the 64 points of SRM. Dharani and Nikhil stole the show with 24 and 15 points respectively taking JU to the victory. Dharani also bagged the Most Valuable Player award. Besides the Cup, the winners were awarded a cash prize of Rs 50,000.