Marwadi University hosts esteemed sports personalities for its action-packed Annual Sports Fest 2024

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New Delhi, 29th February 2024: Marwadi University (MU) is excited to announce the successful conclusion of its Annual Sports Fest organised by its Department of Physical Education and Sports and the Faculty of Health Sciences, at its vibrant campus in Rajkot, Gujarat. The event was an action-packed two days of sportsmanship, uniting students, athletes, and sports enthusiasts from various disciplines. Games included Basketball, Football, Volleyball, Athletics, Badminton, Chess, Table Tennis, Deadlift, Tug of War, Kabaddi, Kho Kho, among others. A total of 8 track and field events and 11 sports and games were conducted, with more than 4000 students attending sports events through the year. 

The distinguished Guest for Inauguration of the sports fest was the esteemed, Dr. Gurdeep Singh, an eminent figure in the sports community. With a remarkable career, Dr. Singh has significantly contributed to promoting excellence in competitive sports across 1000 member universities during his 25 years at the Association of Indian Universities and has tirelessly dedicated himself tirelessly to provide the latest scientific support to potential sportspersons. Other guests included Dr. Nilambri Dave; a professor with more than 21 years of experience in research currently serving as Professor & Head, Home Science Department, Saurashtra University, and Abhishek Thakar, Zonal Head of Sports Science & Medicine, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). 

Marwadi University (MU), which has a declared commitment to nurturing future athletes across all sporting categories, asserts it has till date invested over INR 8 Cr with a plan to build a strong sporting ecosystem to complement academics. Significant investments are underway to expand the indoor sports facility and an additional football ground with night lighting and stadium style seating, in addition to a 4-acre sports complex with a lakeside athletics track. 

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During 2022-23, approximately 350 students represented MU in various AIU/West Zone and National Sports Tournaments. One of our students Harshil Parekh was a member of the Santosh Trophy football team which was held in Goa. The volleyball and basketball teams won third place in West Zone EPS national championship held in Gwalior. To enable the seamless integration of sports in curriculum, a Board of Studies has been constituted for the Department of Physical Education. A new Ph.D programme in Physical Education has also been introduced. During the same year, a Board of Sports was constituted for creating policies to promote sports at MU campus. The major outcome of the same was the introduction of sports quota and scholarship programs which has already resulted in admitting 8 students in various courses.Dr. Gurdeep Singh, President of the Premier Academy of Sports Science and Physical Education, New Delhi, said “Marwadi University’s commitment to fostering a culture of sports excellence is truly commendable. I am delighted to be a part of this vibrant sports fest that celebrates the spirit of competition and camaraderie among young athletes. I hope MU is able to adequately support the national asportations of upcoming grassroot sports talent from the Saurashtra Region.”Dr. Jahanavee Ichchhaporia, Associate Professor & Director Sports, Marwadi University added that, “Our Annual Sports Fest is a testament to the university’s dedication to celebrating sporting excellence which contributes to the soft power of India and promote overall competitive spirit among our students. It was truly memorable being a part of two days filled with passion, teamwork, and memorable sporting moments.”

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