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Action time on the greens

The annual sports meet at Hariyana Vidya Mandir is a much anticipated event for everyone. This is the only time of the year when sports is given more importance than text books! Spread over two days, the event never ceases to generate fun, suspense and excitement.

The December day scheduled as senior sports day (Class VI to XI) was overcast and the threat of rain furrowed many a forehead. But our combined prayers made the sun finally come out of the cloud cover.

I, Subhankar Yadav, am a regular participant in the marchpast. Since the winner of the marchpast takes an early lead, all of us housemates had been diligently practising to make this event count. The marchpast started and ended in perfect co-ordination and our hard work paid off. After taking the oath, the houses dispersed to tremendous applause from on-lookers.

The next event, broad jump, was particularly interesting for me, Debdeep Biswas, as I was a first timer. The sight of so many people watching can be quite nerve-wracking if one has no past experience. Somehow, managing to keep my cool, I did some warm-up exercises. Then shutting my ears to every sound other than the blowing of the whistle I took off in long strides leading to the leap. When I landed on the sand, the cheer of the audience broke my trance. I had no way of knowing it then, but I had just won a bronze.

All eyes were upon Arvind Singh, the defending champion in 100m dash. His rivalry with Pitam Sanky was the main attraction in the 100m and 400m races. It was not his day. Despite a close finish, Pitam won both events. The Class XI boy’s final tally was three golds and a bronze. “Since this is the last year I can compete, I wanted to give it my best shot and leave behind a legacy,” he said later, adding with a smile, “I also wanted to defeat Arvind.”

The girls’ 4x100m relay witnessed a nail-biting finish, though not for the top two spots. Red house won comfortably leaving Orange behind. But a lot more than the bronze medal was at stake as Blue and Green houses fought to the finish. Just as Richa Jain of Blue house edged ahead within sniffing distance of the finishing line, she tripped, causing her house to be disqualified. Thereby Green house came third, gaining precious house points. This meant Green house became the sports day champion, aggregating the highest points.

As the news sunk in, the Green house supporters in the crowd erupted in euphoria. A victory lap was in order with the Green flag flying high.

Another day was reserved for junior sports (UKG to Class V). It was evident that a lot of effort had been put in by the teachers to pull this off. The events were innovative as well as varied. Sum race, in which the students were required to solve a mathematical problem before dashing to the finish line, saw Subhabrata Maity of Class III, whose favourite subject is arithmetic, emerge champion. Other events like Dressing Up For A Party, Flower race, and Rabbit race did not involve the syllabus.

Contrary to popular belief, the junior students also put in a lot of effort for the annual sports. Yash Maskara, of Upper KG, who eventually won the Banana race, said he had been practising by eating one banana daily for two weeks even though he loathed them!

The most popular event was March with Santa Claus, where four teachers had dressed up as Santa and paraded around with all the participants, occasionally reaching into their big sacks and distributing sweets. Though this is the first time that such an event was conceived, it was a huge success. Shikha Vajpeyi, one of the Santas, said with a smile that she would love to be a Santa for the students every year.

Another fantastic sports meet might have just ended, but students are already looking forward to a bigger blast next year.

— Subhankar Yadav & Debdeep Biswas, Class XI, HVM