Sangharsh – The Battle at HelL

Contributed By: Karthick Selvan

Sangharsh 2019 – the annual sports meet between the elite management institutes of the country (IIM A, IIM B, IIM C, and IIM L) came to a close on 13th January with the hosts IIM Lucknow emerging as winners. The tag line for this year was “Hustle, Hit and Never Quit”. IIM B ended at 85 points with three gold, five silver, and three bronze medals. We saw a lot of heroes emerge during the tournament, giving their best for their alma mater and proudly chanting “Go IIMB”.

As the 180 member IIMB contingent arrived at Lucknow, we were embraced by chilling winds from the north and took some time to get accustomed to the climate. Day 1 started on 11th Jan with Mr. Praveen Kumar (Fast Bowler, Indian Cricket Team) inaugurating the 3-day sports extravaganza. Our cricket captain was lucky enough to face a few balls by the legendary bowler. The day ended on a mixed emotion with both victories and losses in the bag.

“Sports do not build character. They reveal it.” – John Wooden

Day 2 decided which team would move forward to play in the finals. We saw the fighting spirit of players push them hard to make a run for the win. The day ended with women’s kabaddi against the “Jokkas” where our team sent them packing with a massive lead of 40 points.

Day 3 saw the business end of the tournament, where we won 3 of the seven finals set for the day. Three golds came from women’s kabaddi, women’s basketball and throwball. We bagged silver in men’s volleyball,  men’s shuttle, squash, tennis and carrom and lost by the narrowest of margins in men’s kabaddi, cricket and table tennis to end up with a bronze.

“Don’t be afraid of failure. This is the way to succeed” – LeBron James

The results were not as good as we wanted them to be, but the experiences taught us lessons for life. It is not common to see the jackets of IIMA, IIMB, and IIMC sitting together in a common mess and sharing a laugh about the matches. It doesn’t matter how hard you fight and sledge on the ground, once the final whistle blows and the game comes to a halt, there would be respect for the opponent. It is the qualities of mutual respect and humility that makes people great and the three days at Lucknow taught us that.

“One of the reasons you study at a great institution or aspire to work in great corporations is that you hope to acquire the values they stand for” – Harsha Bhogle

It is certainly hard for the PGP1’s to realize that this will be the last time they will play with their fellow PGP2’s. At the end of it, the onus is upon the PGP1’s to carry forward the tradition that our PGP2’s taught us and bring the Sangharsh trophy home.

Karthick is a student of PGP 2018-2020 batch of IIM Bangalore and a member of Student Media Cell.

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