Sri Sri University celebrated the spirit of sports with Norwegian Sports Meet

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Cuttack, Odisha: Sri Sri University hosted a Norwegian Sports Meet in its campus on the 1st February’2019 with the motive to celebrate the spirit of sports and sportsmanship. The meet was presided over by His Excellency Mohamed Moncef Marzouki, Former President of Tunisia, and Norwegian Delegation comprising of six internationally very eminent personnel in the field of sports and athletics. Prof. Dr. Nand Lal, Vice Chancellor, Sri Sri University, Mrs. Rajita Kulkarni, President, Sri Sri University, Captain Chandra Shekhar Panda, Director Student Affairs, Sri Sri University and Commodore Ghanshyam Ojha, Executive Registrar, Sri Sri University also graced the event with their presence.
The event started with the mark of the underlying tradition of lighting the lamp, and the invocation of Vedic chants. After which, the students of Department of Visual and Performing Arts and the Department of Yogic Science, Sri Sri University showcased the eastern cultures of India with their Odissi and Yoga dance performances. Prof. Dr. Nand Lal, welcomed and introduces the eminent guests on the dais and off the dais with his welcoming address. His Excellency Mohamed Moncef Marzouki, Former Interim President of Tunisia, then took over the dais as he interacted with the students, faculty, sports personnel present in the meet. He encouraged everyone to enjoy the joy of sports and he also congratulated Sri Sri University for hosting such a grand and successful sports meet. He shared about how Mahatma Gandhi’s teachings inspires him. He also gave life tips to the youth present and asked them to not run behind achieving quicker rewards but become good leaders who will set and give examples.
After which, the team of Norwegian Delegation addressed the audience and shared their life experiences. They even expressed as to how happy they were to be in Odisha and having got the opportunity to meet such talented sportsperson. Mr. Inge Anderson, Mr. Petter Syverud, Mr. Niels Roine, Mr. Christoph Daum, Mr. Ewald and Mr. Christoph Glaser were the six internationally eminent Olympiads who addressed the august gathering.
Mr. Christoph Daum, German professional football coach and former player who last managed the Romania national team, gave an insightful address to the audience where he asked the youth present to have a positive attitude and leadership qualities to be able to overcome the hurdles and obstacles in one’s life.
Mrs. Rajita Kulakarni, President, Sri Sri University, addressed the audience and she said “Sports can become the medium of peace.” She also threw light on the how sports can help one in achieving physical fitness, mental strength and resilience which are very important tools to lead a happy and successful life.
Then, the felicitation program started off where besides the guests, eminent sports personnel of Odisha were called upon the stage and felicitated. Mr Sundar Mani Barik, International Masters Athletes, was felicitated during the event. The national and international student awardees of sri Sri University were also awarded at the Norwegian Sports Meet. Commodore Ghanashyam Ojha, Executive Registrar, Sri Sri University concluded the meet by giving the Vote of Thanks to the eminent guests present on the dais, the media personnel, the organising team, the faculty and non-faculty members and the students of the university. Thus, this meet, not only lived up to its theme of ‘Celebrating the Spirit of Sports’ but also became a medium of boosting the budding sports personnel of the university. The sports meet acknowledged the talent of Odisha in the field of sports and athletics. “I am a huge fan of sports and I am feeling privileged to be a part of this Norwegian Sports Meet as I get to learn so much from the successful players’ life experiences.” said a student of Sri Sri University.

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