THE FOUR-DAY HT-PACE Fiesta comprising inter-school athletics and basketball tournaments began after a colourful openings at Tatya Tope Stadium on Tuesday. The team of Carmel Convent Ratanpur dominated the athletics meet by winning most of the events.
With this event organised by HT PACE the long-standing demand of school students for basketball and athletics in Bhopal has been met on Tuesday at Tatya Tope Stadium. The enthusiasm of the students could be gauged from the fact that most of the leading schools are participating in the grand sports meet.
The event is being held in association with the Directorate of Sports and Youth Welfare, and is being supported by Madhya Pradesh Tourism, VNS Group of Educational Institutes, TRUBA Group of Educational Institutes and Sanchi.
Earlier in the day, track and field events were organised. Chief guest of the opening ceremony, VNS Institute chairman Sanjay Pandey, declared the meet open.
Speaking on the occasion he lauded the efforts being made by HT PACE for providing platform to the students to demonstrate their talent.
HT General Manager Fehmi Hussain and HT PACE manager Alpna Mishra and others were present. The athletes of Carmel Convent Ratanpur dominated the track and field events. Out of the 12 different events organised in the meet, Carmel athletes grabbed first position in six.
The team won in the girls’ 4X100m relay of Class VI to VII category (Prachi Thakre, Sanskriti Upadhyay, Prachi Singh and Deepali Yadav), boys’ 4X100m relay of Class IV to V category (Gaurav, Anushreshth, Vishal and Rahul), girls’ 100m sprint of Class IV to V category (Sanskriti Upadhyay), girls’ 100m sprint of Class VI to VII category (Prachi Thakre), girls’ long jump of Class IV to V category (Sanskriti Upadhyay) and girls’ long jump of Class VI to VII category (Prachi Thakre).
In the boys’ 4X100m relay of Class VI to VII category team of Bal Bhavan gave a tough fight to the team of Red Rose Lambakheda. Such was the intense contest between the teams that Red Rose won the event with a fraction of 2.01 seconds.
Red Rose stood first after taking the timing 54.5 seconds. The winning team included Mayur Jain, Masood-ul-Hasan, Aman Tiwari and Naseem.
Red Rose also won the senior boys’ 100m. Naseem of Red Rose stood first with the timing of 13.2 seconds. Naseem bagged third gold for Red Rose after winning the boys’ long jump of Class VI to VII category.
Team of The Sanskaar Valley School claimed first position in the girls’ 4X100m relay of Class IV to V category (Ambika, Yashshawi, Aishwarya and Arushi) and junior boys’ 100m category (Ansh Tandon). Ansh took 15 seconds to finish the event.
Jas Raj Singh bagged the only gold for Sagar Public School after winning the junior boys’ long jump event.
After the excellent performances in track and field, school students were keen to demonstrate their talent in basketball tournament.
Chief guest of opening ceremony, Sports Principal Secretary Ranjana Chaudhary extended her good wishes to the participating teams. “Such events provide encouragements to the budding players”, said Chaudhary.
Joint director Dr Vinod Pradhan, HT General Manager Fehmi Hussain, HT PACE manager Alpna Mishra, Vikas Kharadkar, St Joseph’s Co-ed School principal Maria Stephen and others were present.
On the inaugural day four matches were played. Playing according the expectations, girls’ team of St Joseph’s Co-ed School registered thumping win against St Francis School. Dominating in every department of the match, St Joseph’s girls never allowed the opponents to take upper hand.
With the help of attacking game by Surbhi Jha and Simran, the team thumped St Francis School by 30-02. Surbhi and Simran scored 14 and 6 points.
In the second match played between Kendriya Vidyalaya (KV) Bairagarh and Carmel Convent Co-ed
School former ousted the latter with the score 54-10. The fast and aggressive game from KV team saw the team registering a cakewalk win. Amit was the highest scorer from the KV team scoring 21 points.
In the most exciting match of the day, Model Higher Secondary School managed to win by just one point against St Mary’s School. The thrilling match saw the Model School winning 26-25. The last match of the day was played between KV 1 and DMS. KV won the match 22-18.
The matches played on Wednesday from 8:30 am:
1. International Public School vs Maharishi Centre for Educational Excellence
2. Sharda Vidya Mandir vs World Way International School
3. St Joseph’s Co-ed School vs Sagar Public School
4. Model School vs KV 1
1. Maharishi Centre for Educational Excellence vs St Mary’s School
2. St Joseph’s Co-ed School vs Sharda Vidya Mandir
Ten matches will be held in the evening. The fixture will be decided on the result of the morning matches.