It is not every day you get to witness the top B-Schools, training the future managers of our nation engaging in an ultimate faceoff to see who will emerge victorious. Well, Sangharsh is one occasion that does the same for you. A much-awaited event, it is a platform wherein the top 4 IIMs: IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Bangalore, IIM Calcutta, and IIM Lucknow showcase their passion for sports and prove their mettle. What started with a sports competition between Ahmedabad and Bangalore soon paved the way for Calcutta and consequently Lucknow to join in and gear up for the roller-coaster of a ride.
This year, Sangharsh was organised by IIM Lucknow, or what students fondly call it: HelL. Amidst the chilly winters of Lucknow, the heat of excitement rose to the zenith and in a way that left none unscathed. The highlight of this year’s event was that it was inaugurated by the famous Mr. Praveen Kumar, former Indian Cricketer. IIM Calcutta, fondly called Joka had won the last 2 editions of Sangharsh and was quite determined to make it a hat trick, goes with their slogan: Hat trick at HeL(L). But, the triad of A, B & L made sure that the hat trick doesn’t happen. The victor of Sangharsh’19 was IIM Lucknow.
Students got to showcase their talent in Badminton, Throwball, Chess, Table Tennis, Lawn Tennis, etc, to name a few sports. The Sports Committee of the respective IIMs are responsible for planning and executing the entire event, right from planning the events, to engaging in the hospitality of the other teams and garnering sponsorship.
IIM Lucknow boasts of excellent sports infrastructure, evident in the form of badminton, lawn tennis, volleyball and basketball courts, a well-equipped gymnasium and a massive swimming pool, among other facilities. Sports is widely encouraged at IIMs which are famous for having Inter-Section sports wars, and also inter-college events like Manfest-Varchasva, and intra-college events like Sangram and Camaraderie.
As the biggest inter-IIM sporting event came to an end, the sense of excitement is palpable in the air, translating into action, which was witnessed by teams putting in their blood sweat and tears on the big day. Fiery ambition coupled with relentless determination has always been a lethal combination and what with 4 institutes, 15 events, more than 700 players and 1400 viewers, it was much evident that healthy competition laced with tons of fun was all that Sangharsh was about! As all eyes turn to the winning Institute - IIM Lucknow, we at IIM Lucknow vouch to keep the trophy with hel(L) in the years to come.
This article was originally written by the Sports Committee of IIM Lucknow