The Under-12 basketball team for boys of the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan (IES) created history at the Indian Central School, Abbasiya, Kuwait by beating the United Indian School in the final of the 4th Indian Basketball Association (IBA) Interschool Mega Basketball Tournament. This was the maiden victory for the Bhavan boys.
The tournament was held from April 14 to 16 for the Indian schools in Kuwait. The Bhavan (IES) boys faced ICSK in their first match, and defeated the team in style.
The might of the Bhavan team was once again proved in their second match against the dynamic DPS. The match saw a nail-biting finish which earned the Bhavanites a place in the final.
The icing on the cake of the tournament was the final between IES and United Indian School (UIS). IES strategically thrashed UIS and lifted the IBA tournament trophy for the very first time in the school’s history.
The team remained invincible throughout the tournament and proved its might and mettle in achieving its goals. Devnarayan Jiju of 7D, the captain of the winning side, was declared ‘The Player of the Tournament’.
The IES under 10 girls team and under 16 boys team won the runners up and the fourth positions respectively in their respective events.
The Indian Basketball Association (IBA), an autonomous body, works for the development of basketball and sports culture amongst the Indian youth in Kuwait. The President of the IBA gave away the trophies for the winners and the runners-up amidst thunderous applause.
The following players of IES were honored for their relentless efforts and participation in the tournament — Devnarayan Jiju, captain, Abraham Philip, Varun Srinivasarao Budati, Surya Manoj, Adithya Mahesh, Aditya Gupta, Prakhar Bhandari, Abdulla Mohamed Khamis, Thomas Ben Marcos, Rehan Malik Shaheer, Adrian Vremenkulam Peter and Evan Joseph Pynummoottil.
This victory is special and a befitting tribute by the wunderkinds to their school that is celebrating a decade of excellence in education in the sands of Arabia.