“Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.”
– Henry Ford
These were the words with which the 12th edition of Sangharsh, the annual sports tournament between IIMA, IIMB, IIMC, and IIML, was inaugurated at IIMB on 5th January, 2018 with Indian National Swimmer, Mr. Anshul Kothari as the Chief Guest of the opening ceremony. Urging the students to pursue their dreams and not worry about money, he recalled his college days when his professor and classmates had laughed at his career goal of becoming a swimmer. But it was his grit and determination that led to his inclusion in the national teams for Commonwealth Games 2010, Asian Games 2010 & 2014 teams and the Gold medal winning teams of both Asian Age Group Championships 2011 and 2015.
Professor G. Raghuram, Director, IIM Bangalore, expressed his excitement of witnessing the passion evoked by the upcoming 3 days of Sangharsh 2018 and encouraged all contingents to put their best foot forward and keep the spirit of competition and sportsmanship alive.
Prof. Padmini Srinivasan, PGP Chairperson, IIM Bangalore, highlighted the role of sports in the stressful schedule of MBA students, urging students to make it a habit to participate in sports activities.
Prof. M S Narasimhan, Dean Admissions, IIM Bangalore, expressed his proud feeling of IIMB having invested heavily into the sports complex and coaches over the past two years and congratulated Sangharsh for promoting collaboration among IIMs.
This edition of Sangharsh is a landmark event for women’s sports, having 9 events exclusively for women and 5 events with mixed teams. The 3 days of Sangharsh 2018 promise to be filled with enthusiasm, excitement, competitive spirit and passion.