ISM director DC Panigrahi (in black coat) with ace climber Arunima Sinha unfurl the Tricolour during the inauguration of the two-day 85th sports meet on Friday. More than 2,000 ISM students of different courses, including BTech, MTech, MBA and MSc, displayed their sporting skills. Altogether 29 events, including 100 metre, 200 metre, 400 metre, 800 metre races for boys and girls, long jump, shot put, three-legged race, relay race, slow cycle race and discus throw for women, were held on the inaugural day. Saturday will see another 23 events. (Gautam Dey)
Ace climber Arunima Sinha, the mountaineer with prosthetic limb from Uttar Pradesh, is inspiration personified.
The woman, who showed the world how to conquer fears and annex the highest peak of the world, exuded confidence when she spoke during the opening ceremony of the 85th annual sports meet of ISM on Friday.
Citing her own example, Arunima, who graced the occasion as the chief guest, asked the students of the mining cradle to translate their weaknesses into their strengths.
Recounting her traumatic experience when three men threw her out of a running train, she said that the April 11, 2011 incident changed her life forever.
“As many as 49 trains crossed over my left leg. But, somehow I survived. My injured leg was amputated at Bareilley hospital,” Sinha recalled.
A former national-level volleyball player, Sinha said that she had decided to do something even while she was writhing in pain on the hospital bed.
And did she give a befitting reply. Arunima annexed Mount Everest at 10.55am on May 21, 2013.
But, Arunima believes that it because of her critics, who mocked her and thought she had lost her senses, who made her more determined.
“When I first made a public announcement of my plan to conquer Mount Everest, many laughed at me. The more they mocked me, the more I was more driven to achieve it,” the climber added.
Asked about her future plans, she said: “I am planning to start a sports academy for handicapped people at Unnao of Uttar Pradesh. I have already purchased a plot.”