Saturday, October 02, 2004

XLRI beats shell-shocked IIM Calcutta in 33rd Annual Clash of two "traditions"


* The Only Sporting event of its kind in Indian B-School Circuit Concludes with Comprehensive win for XLRI by 13 - 8 margin
* Congratulatory messages continue to stream in from Alumni across the Corporate world
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"This was supposed to be a cakewalk. What happened?" The IIM Calcutta Contingent was left shell-shocked after the two day battle for the coveted Tata Tinplate 33rd Annual XLRI - IIM Calcutta Trophy drew to a close. XLRI convincingly claimed the trophy by beating the IIMCians 13-8.
"We knew we could win the trophy the moment we won the cricket match against all odds. In true India-Pakistan style, the match had a nail biting finish with XLRI having to score 3 runs in the final 2 balls, which attitude-wielding batsman, G. Harikrishnan wound up with a stylish 4 off the last ball," said a visibly charged Pradeep Mamak, Executive Member, Sports Committee. "The defining moment was winning the badminton match against them, which had Vijay Lancy, a player who represented India in the international arena."
The campus was charged right from the moment the IIMCians landed at XLRI.
It's 33 years. So, what are the plans for the future? Navinder Singh Dullat, Secretary, Sports Committee of XLRI elaborates: "Lots of spectator sports like swimming, water polo, long jump, high jump, etc. could be included but for the lack of training facilities. We lost out on those events like volleyball and tennis which we do not have facilities to practice regularly. XLRI stamped its authority on the meet by beating IIM C over the whole range of events, from intellectual sports like chess and bridge, to traditional physical sports like football, basketball and cricket. And this in spite of having a much smaller batch size and far fewer sports facilities than IIM C, thus proving that quality beats quantity."
In true traditional style later that night, the two rivals put up a Rock Show and the Prize distribution ceremony was held with XLRI taking home trophy. The guests bid adieu to XLRI in the wee hours, extending invitations for the meet which is to happen next year at Kolkata, and promising to avenge the heavy defeat suffered this year. Awards were also given to the best sportsperson from both teams (Atul Mehta of IIMC and Vikram Dani of XLRI), based on their contribution throughout the meet.
Once news of the comprehensive win spread among XLRI Alumni through the numerous Yahoo groups on Monday morning, there was widespread jubilation across corporate offices. Congratulatory messages continue to come in for the feat; in fact, alumni have also written demanding commemorative T Shirts as special souvenirs. Suffice to say how closely they identify with the meet. Read Full Story

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Ek Do Teen Chaar
IIMC ki ........! :)