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Monday Morning Article Cover for: ROUND-UP: INTER-NIT SPORTS MEET


|Student Activities


Feb 15, 2016|2 minutes

Seemadri Subhadarshini

Shuvankar Mishra

With the Inter-NIT Sports Meet coming to a closure this week, NIT Rourkela hosted three sports, namely, kabaddi, football and kho-kho. We bring you a round-up of the respective events.


The NIT Rourkela kabaddi team won the inter-NIT kabaddi tournament that concluded on Sunday. The three day tournament was played among thirteen teams in a league format followed by knockout matches among eight teams.
The thirteen teams were divided into four groups, with three groups containing three teams each and one group containing four teams. The top two teams from each group qualified for the quarterfinals.
The NIT Rourkela team qualified for the quarterfinals with the top position in the group table, followed by NIT Kurukshetra. The team faced NIT Silchar in the quarterfinals and NIT Nagpur in the semifinals. The final was played between NIT Rourkela and NIT Warangal and was a closely fought match.
The team ended the campaign on a victorious note even after losing one of the best players, Arnab, who is also the regular captain of the institute team, to injury in the quarterfinals. To quote Arnab, “We played a defensively strong game. The raiding was pretty good, but it lacked experience. Sreenu and Pranab played well. Ravi and Ramu did excellent at the corners and could have won the best player of the tournament with all possibility.”
The kabaddi team was the brightest hope for gold in the inter-NIT tournaments, and it has lived up to the expectations. So, there goes another feather into the already brimming cap of the team.
Team MM congratulates the entire team!


The inter-NIT football tournament concluded on Sunday after four days of sporting extravaganza. The tournament started on 11th and saw a participation of eighteen teams. We bring to you a brief summary of the tournament and recollect some of the highlights.
The eighteen teams were divided into six groups with three teams in each group. The group stage consisted of league style matches at the end of which a total of eight teams qualified for the knockout rounds. The top two teams from the groups containing the host team and the last year winners, and the top one team from the remaining four groups at the end of the league stage competed in the knockout rounds.
The team from NIT Calicut went on to be the champion this time, with NIT Durgapur, the defending champions, ending their campaign as the runners up. The third place playoff was won by NIT Silchar.
NIT Rourkela lost to NIT Calicut in the quarterfinals, in penalty shootouts, after the match ended with both sides netting two goals each. The match was as much marked by spectacular display of football and sportsmanship, as it was by the zeal and enthusiasm of the home crowd. Needless to say, the sports culture at NITR just got some serious boost.
The tournament encompassed much more than what can be expressed by score-sheets or lists of players. So, here is an earnest attempt to capture it all in the words of Shaswata Bisi, captain of the institute football team – “The turnout for the tournament was very good. To be honest, we never expected so many teams to show up in the first place. It was a really competitive tournament with each team being really good. Although we got knocked out in the quarterfinals, I could not have asked for anything more from my team. They really did give their hearts out to produce those brilliant moments for the team and the crowd. The whole team would like to thank the crowd, who were always there for us. We did lose one of our best players (Salah) to an unfortunate injury, but then everybody stepped up to fill that void. I hope the team continues with this spirit and if they do, there is a silverware on the cards.”
When Brian Lara played his last international match, his final words for the crowd framed a rather simple question – “Did I entertain you?” Taking the cue from that, and without any attempt at fanfare, here are the words of appreciation for the team, on behalf of the NITR crowd – We were entertained.
Team MM congratulates the winning teams on behalf of NITR.


Kho Kho is one of the most popular traditional sports in India played by teams of twelve members of which nine enter the field. A match consists of two innings. An innings consists of chasing and running turns of 7 minutes each.
In Inter NIT Sports Meet 2016, Kho Kho was one of the three sports events that were hosted by our institute. The teams were divided into two groups, namely Group A and Group B. Group A constituted of NIT Rourkela, NIT Srinagar, NIT Warangal and NIT Sikkim. NIT Raipur, NIT Surat, NIT Agartala and NIT Nagpur were clubbed together in Group B. But only NIT Rourkela, NIT Nagpur, NIT Surat and NIT Srinagar participated in the women’s Kho Kho.

MEN’s Kho-Kho

The first match was played between NIT Rourkela and NIT Srinagar, where NIT Rourkela won with an innings and 15-3 points. The other teams were NIT Warangal vs. NIT Sikkim, NIT Surat vs. NIT Nagpur, NIT Raipur vs. NIT Agartala. The second match was played between NIT Rourkela and NIT Sikkim where NIT Rourkela triumphed by an innings and 25-1 points. The 3rd match was between NIT Rourkela and NIT Warangal where NIT Rourkela defeated NIT Warangal by an innings and 11-6 points. The Semifinal 1 was played between NIT Rourkela and NIT Raipur and the finals was played between NIT Rourkela and NIT Surat where in NIT Surat emerged as the champions and NIT Rourkela as the runners up. The 3rd position was secured by NIT Raipur.
K.Vijay, the proud Captain of NIT Rourkela was declared as the Men’s player of the tournament.

WOMEN’s Kho-Kho

The first match was played between NIT Rourkela and NIT Srinagar in which NIT Rourkela won. The second match was held between NIT Surat vs. NIT Nagpur which was a tie. The third match was between NIT Rourkela and NIT Surat, where NIT Surat triumphed. The next match between NIT Rourkela and NIT Nagpur was a tie. NIT Surat and NIT Nagpur won against NIT Srinagar and NIT Srinagar respectively. The final match was played between NIT Surat and NIT Nagpur where NIT Nagpur emerged as the Champions, followed by NIT Surat as the runners up. The third position match was played between NIT Rourkela and NIT Srinagar and NIT Rourkela bagged the Third position.
The event was filled with zest, zeal and sportsman spirit.

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