KUWAIT CITY, Dec 2: The Kaifan Stadium was abuzz with activity when Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan (Indian Educational School) IES marked its 7th annual Sports Day meet majestically in the stadium with the theme ‘Save our Nature for our Future’. The Annual Sports Meet of the school is indeed one of its kind that draws droves of onlookers to the stadium every year.
The chief guest of the day was His Excellency Kandeepan Bala, ambassador of Sri Lanka to Kuwait and special invitees including Dr Arushya Kandeepan, the members of the Ministry of Private Education, Kuwait, and N.K. Ramachandran Menon, the chairman, Bhavans Middle East.
The events of the momentous day began with the hoisting of the national flag of Kuwait as a mark of reverence to the State of Kuwait. The hoisting of the flag was followed by the national anthem of Kuwait, the recitation of a verse from the Holy Quran and a soul-soothing prayer song.
The march past was indeed a spectacular spectacle to behold. The BSS (Bhavan’s Service Scheme) cadets led the march past followed by the marching in of the supreme council members and the four houses of the school viz. Satya, Seva, Tapas and Sanskriti led by the respective house captains and vice captains.
The contingents swayed the flags and marched enthusiastically in sync with the drum beats and the bugle notes. The chief guest ceremoniously received salute from the marching contingents. The marching contingents displayed perfect decorum and soldierly precision and received ardent admiration from the invitees that consisted of distinguished dignitaries, well-wishers, and the parents.
A formidable array of 22 wonderful athletes of IES made the ‘torch run’ of the 7th IES annual sports meet memorable. Spurred by thunderous clapping, the outstanding athletes partook in the torch run. The ‘flame of sportsmanship’ was eventually handed over to the Sports Captain of IES, Shyam Sunder, an ace athlete and a celebrated badminton player who lit the torch amid applauses of approbation. The oath of allegiance was administered by the deputy sports captain of IES Navami J.S.
The chief guest in declaring the annual sports meet open called on the athletes to reaffirm their faith in sports and games. He emphasized on the importance of taking part in sports and games and urged the student community to involve in sports and games actively as they help them build healthy and strong bodies and develop sportsman spirit, camaraderie and commandership.
Menon presented to the chief guest a token of reverence and gratitude. The ambassador then presented mementos to the officials of Ministry of Private Education.
The most appreciated charms of the day were undoubtedly the superb drill displays by the students of grades 1 to 8 manifesting the theme ‘Save our Nature, for our Future’. The magnetism radiated by the mesmerizing drill displays turned the dry parched stadium into a wonderland. The flower display, the bird dance, the sun formation, land and water dance, and yoga were some of the drill displays that won plaudits from the spectators. Led by Murugaiyan, HoD, PEd the spectators in the Kaifan stadium took the pledge to save animals, plants, land and water to save nature in all its grandeur for the future.
The relay events and various competitions for parents and teachers followed the drill displays. The winners of the various interschool and national level sports contests and athletic meets were bestowed prizes, trophies and plaques by the chief guest as well as other dignitaries. The ever-supporting parent community of IES braved the hot sun and encouraged the winners as the young athletes and budding sportspersons received prizes and trophies.
The excitement reached its pinnacle when the trophies were given away to the first, the second and the third prize winning houses by the chief guest and his wife Dr Arushya Kandeepan amid glee and gaiety. Tapas house bagged the championship trophy with 277 points. Sanskriti house with 269 points was declared the first runner up and Satya house with 227 points was declared the second runner up of the IES Annual Sports Meet of the academic year 2015-16.
Sam Ebey Samuel, the school head boy delivered the welcome address. The vote of thanks was proposed by Keerthiga Nagarajan, the school head girl. The emcees for the day were Shelvin Aleena of Grade 12 and Neha of Grade 11.