The Sports Authority of India (SAI) complex bore testimony to the 'first stirrings' of Kolkata's Olympic beginnings during the inter-school sports meet. Spread over five days, 'Techno Olympica Knights 2013' broke the notion that Gen Yers in the city are always glued to social networking sites, computer games and other electronic gadgets, rather they give credence to sporting activities for imbibing life skills, including discipline and determination.
Over 650 young athletes from 32 schools across the city competed in a flurry of indoor and outdoor games like football, hockey, basketball, table tennis, badminton, discus throw, long jump, chess, hurdle race, relay race, 100 and 200 metre races from December 14 to 16. The chess was played at the Techno India campus in Salt Lake on the last day.
The students of different sporting events had already won accolades for their performance at the district, state and national level tournaments.
The judges and officials of the meet came from various sports bodies like Dibyendu Barua Chess Academy, Bengal Referee Association, Bengal Table Tennis Association, Bengal Hockey Association, West Bengal Basketball Association, West Bengal Badminton Association and West Bengal Athletic Association. From Sunil Gavaskar to Sourav Ganguly, the Techno India's effort to organize the first of its kind Olympic tournament in the city was lauded by famous sports personalities.
Among the participating institutions were St James' School, DPS Newtown, Hariyana Vidya Mandir, Apeejay School Salt Lake, Ballygunge Shiksha Sadan, Lakshmipat Singhania Academy, The Future Foundation School, Loyola High School, Young Horizon School, BDM International, Calcutta International School, Techno Model School, Salt Lake, Techno India Group Public Schools, Hooghly, Konnagar and Garia, to name a few.
The closing ceremony of the sports meet saw a star-studded evening on December 17 at the Techno India campus.
Eminent footballers, Sheriff Chuni Goswami and Shivaji Banerjee, Dibyendu Barua, chess grandmaster, Joanne Joria, director of The American Center, Kolkata, Bratati Bandopadhyay, a Bengali elocutionist, Jagannath Basu, recitationist, Manoshi Roy Choudhury, director, Goutam Roy Choudhury, chairman, Satyam Ray Choudhury, managing director of Techno India Group, Ashok Ranjan Thakur, vice-chancellor of Techno India University were among the distinguished personalities present on the occasion.
Equal weightage to all games
Chuni Goswami, who was present at the closing ceremony, was happy to know that football had been featured in a big way during the meet where all the sporting events were given equal importance.
The championship trophy was handed over to the students of Lakshmipat Singhania Academy, while the teams from Roynagar K S Pouro Vidyalaya and central Model School, Barrackpore emerged as first and second runners up respectively. Goutam Roy Choudhury announced that they will support the higher studies of the tourment's three most successful athletes.