Even though IITs are expected to be elite institutes to provide knowledge and exposure in tech word, there is a lot more that they provide for a holistic development of the students. Sports is one of the biggest part of this IIT experience, and the biggest stage for any sportsman at an IIT is the InterIIT Sports Meet. It is an Olympics of our own!
Held annually, in the winter break (late December), it sees all the IITs participating and competing against each other with the aim of winning 'The General Championship Trophy'. The sports meet is hosted by all IITs in turn. The 52nd InterIIT (year 2016) is going to be held at IIT Kanpur. Over 2000 students roaming around sporting jerseys, banners and flags of their IITs, make the event feel no less than the grand Olympics.Contingents including over 100s of students each, represent their IITs in various sports events.Tournaments are held in 13 different sports, namely: Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Cricket,Football, Hockey, Lawn Tennis, Squash, Swimming, Table Tennis, Volleyball, Water Polo and Weightlifting.Each sports sees a tournament winner and points are awarded according to the standings, thus making an overall points tally, topping which and winning the GC Trophy is every contingent's aim.
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The tournament was envisioned to seed the feelings of sportsmanship, teamwork and leadership, and also to promote socialization and friendship among students of different IITs. To help with this aim, the tournament sees many social and cultural events as well, like DJ Nights, concerts, dinners and get-togethers. Famous personalities like Sachin Tendulkar, Mary Kom and many other have visited the InterIIT events. IIT Bhubaneswar actively participates in almost all the sports at InterIIT Sports Meets. The teams practice the entire year to give their best and make the institution proud at the prestigious event. The institute shows great potential and is expected to perform great in the upcoming editions of InterIIT as well.