MSB Educational Institute hosted its 8th International Athletic Meet in the City of Oranges, Nagpur, where students from 22 MSB centres located across six countries competed over a period of 4 days. The meet was flagged off with an opening ceremony on January 5th, followed by a total of 47 events across 17 categories and ended with a prize distribution and closing ceremony on 8th January.
Inspired by the Olympics, the meet was declared open with the lighting of the torch followed by a parade where all participants walked in their respective school contingents and took an oath to observe sportsmanship and fair play throughout the four-day sporting fest. Students of MSB Nagpur displayed a set of physical formations such as the map of India and the shape of a heart on roller-skates, pulling off a display requiring tact and skill.
The second day saw the qualifying rounds of team games including throwball, volleyball and futsal, the latter being newly introduced this year. The day ended with a march-past competition where seventeen contingents were put to the test in front of a panel of four experts. The hosts, MSB Nagpur received gold followed by Nasik and Banswara with silver and bronze respectively.
Swimming, field and track events dominated the third day which was capped off by a band competition where thirteen troops performed to a full house for nearly two hours. The hallmark of the competition was that each band formation signified a social or cultural cause.
The final day began with an awareness campaign for observing a fit lifestyle where all attendees were invited to participate in a walkathon cum cyclothon around the city. Around 500 participants took part in the activity which culminated at the MSB Sports Stadium. At the end of the day, the host city, Nagpur, were declared champions having won the highest number of medals. They were followed by Banswara and Chennai who put up a spirited display in their own right.
Dr G Immanuel, Chairman of the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examination (CISCE) graced the finals as Chief Guest and appreciated the school’s hard work in making the event a success. ‘I leave here with a great impression of MSB Educational Institute and applaud its capacity to organise such grand events. It continues to demonstrate the ability to do great work for the council (of ICSE) as well.’ He then submitted a proposal to allow the council of ICSE to hold their Annual Sports Meet at the MSB Nagpur stadium and urged MSB students from around the globe to participate.
The brother of His Holiness Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin and Head of the MSB Department, Shahzada Qusai Vajihuddin in his remarks, compared training for sporting activities with the training of a horse. He drew a parallel between the many admirable qualities of horses which include strength, speed, agility, loyalty, understanding and the spirit of performance and how those traits can be achieved in sporting activities through training. He praised the hard work put in by the young students who had spent months training for the event and pointed out the meaning of ‘tanaafus’; an Arabic word meaning competition. ‘One should engage in tanaafus (healthy competition) to achieve an outcome that is nafees, (valuable)’ he said.
MSB Educational Institute is a chain of private English-medium schools established by the late His Holiness Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin in 1984. The schools offer a K-12 educational program in a stimulating and nourishing environment, allowing students to excel in academics, as well as become responsible and upstanding members of society while remaining firmly rooted in their faith. The schools are affiliated with either the ICSE or IGCSE boards depending on region. Over the years, MSB Educational Institute has expanded its presence in community centres world over with 25 branches in seven countries including India, Pakistan, Kenya, Tanzania, Madagascar, Dubai and Kuwait.