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On the first morning of February, a group of excited S P Jain students dressed in red jerseys headed to Nanyang Technological University (NTU)’s campus in Singapore to participate in their annual Olympics competition. They were set to compete against athletes from ESSEC, INSEAD, NUS, SMU, and NBS. Though it was early, the sun was up and shining and students from several schools were already warming up. The athletes were ready to go!
The first event was a basketball tournament, an exciting series of games which our spectacular team had been training for since their last big win. Jag heroes included Rhys, Jevaughn and Ayush Jain. The games at NTU were full of quick passes and great fun for the spectators. The SP Jain team remained undefeated until the semifinals, and were awarded the bronze medal after the loss of a single point.
The futsal team also walked away after the semifinals with a bronze medal, but was equally exciting to watch. Many students had witnessed them in practice on campus the weeks leading up the event, admiring their fancy footwork, and they didn’t disappoint during the Olympics.
In what was the highest achievement of the day, SP Jain’s badminton players earned gold medals for the school, thanks to players Vibhuti Agarwal and Vishesh Gupta. Their speed, agility and general talent knocked the other players out of the running by the end of the afternoon!
Our table tennis team, another talented group of young men and women, made it to the semi-finals and earned bronze in every single category (Men’s/Women’s Singles/Doubles) with their impressive teamwork and the hours they’d spent practicing with each other back on campus. Peiling Li was the only girl who competed in table tennis. Bravo to her for her courage!
The last event of the day was the track race, in which the women raced a 4×200 relay the men raced a 4×400. Both teams, having practiced sprinting and passing the baton only a few hours before the event, came away with silver medals. Samta Mutha had never run a race and surprised us all by running a great 200 to help the rest of our running team win silver!
At the end of the day, SP Jain had earned the most medals per school with 35 individual awards, ranging from bronze to gold. Our athletes really proved their skills by persevering through high temperatures and a long day. The event was enjoyed by athletes and spectators as alike, and was definitely a unique opportunity for SP Jain’s student athletes.
~Kenaia Neumann (USA), BBA14