This year, college students can compete in two new sports — fencing and archery.
On Friday, the Mumbai university’s sports department and sports directors of different colleges met at the University Grounds at Marine Lines to release the varsity’s sports calendar for 2010-2011.
The list includes 35 sports such as football, hockey, cricket and chess among others for which zonal and inter-zonal tournaments will be conducted through the year.
Students held demonstration matches of the two sports introduced this year.
“As more students find out fencing and participate in tournaments, we will get a variety in competitors,” said Birla College BCom student, Ninad Tandale (20), who has represented India at fencing tournaments abroad.
Archit Joshi (19), an engineering student at Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Technology, Versova, started training in archery last December and wants to pursue it professionally.
“I am the only one in my college who is into archery but once details of the tournaments are put up on college notice boards, more people will find out and get involved,” he said.
While students are enthusiastic about the new sports, sports directors of various colleges seemed apprehensive.
“Games such as fencing and archery need expensive equipment that we can’t expect students to buy nor can we buy it for a few students. If the government subsidises the equipment it would be easier,” said K.M. Thomas, sports director of Pillai’s College of Physical Education, Panvel.