College of Engineering, Pune’s annual sports fest, Zest, which commenced on 26th January, came to an end on Sunday 29th January, after some electrifying finals.
This four-day sports festival had many events that make Zest stand out from the other fests, including the unique event of body-building and also sports like box-cricket, futsal (a variation of football with only 5 players on each team), bridge (an apt sport to include in an engineering college festival), etc.
The fest was finally concluded with the valedictory ceremony after four action-packed days, filled with anticipation.
The excitement and anticipation was tangible even on day one of the fest. The teams were equally matched from the first round, making every match thrilling.
The inauguration ceremony was accompanied by a freestyle football performance by Chaitanya Deshpande, which received a very enthusiastic response from the audience.
The theme of Zest’17 was “Hope: Play. Inspire. Unite.”, and hope was apparent on the faces of everyone present.
Day two saw the beginning of major events like Athletics and Aquatics. The main attraction for the day was the magic show by the brilliant mentalist and illusionist Preveen Pandita, known for his enigmatic style and unique performances.
The anticipation was in the air, and he did not disappoint. He revived the art of magic in a refreshing way, impressing the cynical modern day crowd with his ingenious tricks.
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The matches of the second day were met with even more enthusiasm than the first, and the COEP Ground, where most of the events were held, was packed with spectators supporting their teams.
The fest proceeded into its third day, and the excitement hadn’t waned. As with the preceding two days, day three too had a special event: the much-awaited body-building competition.
The chief guest and judge for the event for the event was Mr. Chandrashekhar Nandanwar, who won several titles including “Junior Pune Shree”, “Junior Maharashtra Shree” and “Senior Pune Shree”. He was also the “Senior Maharashtra Shree” gold medalist and “Junior Mr. India” bronze medalist.
The participants were from various parts of India. Manoj Birje won the “Zest Shree” title, while the runner up was Shubham Bhoite, and Shrikrushna Giram took away the title of “COEP Shree”.
The third day ended with the quarter or semi-finals of many events.
The last day was, as expected, the most exciting, with most finals being held on that day. DKTE bagged the gold medal in boys’ kho-kho, defeating COEP by just one point. While COEP’s girls’ kho-kho team won the gold, defeating Avasari by 2 points.
The basketball boys’ final between VIT and MIT was exhilarating, and VIT won the gold by 6 points.
The COEP girls’ hockey team defeated SIT by 4 points for the gold, while AFMC defeated the boys’ COEP team by 2 points in a thrilling final.
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The last match of the fest was the football final between COEP and KJ Somaiya, in which the two teams fought neck to neck till the end, and KJ Somaiya took away the gold, defeating COEP 2-1.
These thrilling matches were followed by the concluding valedictory ceremony, which included prize distribution, the chief guest for which was Mr. Atul Gotsurve. The Championship was won by Cummins with 515 points, the college that has consistently been winning for quite a few years now, beating MIT by more than 200 points. This win is proof that gender is no barrier when it comes to sports.
The Championship was won by Cummins with 515 points, the college that has consistently been winning for quite a few years now, beating MIT by more than 200 points. This win is proof that gender is no barrier when it comes to sports.
All in all, the fest was a major success, each day more thrilling than the last. It was the embodiment of its theme, as it succeeded in its goal of uniting the nation through the primeval medium of sports, which transcends all possible barriers, all while spreading the message of “HOPE”.
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