Inter IIT Sports Meet is an annual sports tournament conducted among the students of the Indian Institute of Technology. The event is hosted by one of the participating IITs and is organized during the month of December with Aquatics organized separately as an aquatic meet in the September or October month. It was started back in 1961 when only 5 IITs existed, namely IIT Kharagpur, IIT Bombay, IIT Madras, IIT Delhi, and IIT Kanpur.
IIT Bombay hosted the first-ever Inter IIT Sports Meet, and that year, the General Championship trophy was conquered by IIT Kharagpur. Here we witness fierce competition among teams to prove their mettle. It is also a platform to build new friendships and enjoy the fruits of your year-round efforts.
Since 1961, the meet is being conducted uninterruptedly except on three occasions:
In 1971, the meet was called off due to the Indo-Pakistan war, and in 1992, the meet was to be held at IIT Bombay but got canceled owing to the communal riots in Mumbai. In 2015, the meet was about to be held at IIT Madras but got canceled due to unpredicted heavy rainfall.
These are the few recent Championships of Inter IIT Sports Meet.
50th Inter IIT Sports Meet (2014)
The Golden Jubilee version of the Inter IIT Sports Meet was hosted by IIT Bombay. The opening ceremony of the Inter IIT Aquatic Meet and 50th Inter IIT Sports Main Meet took place in the presence of Virdhawal Khande and the Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar respectively.
IIT Kanpur was declared as the overall champion, winner of the General Championship in Men’s tournament and runner-up in Women’s championship, whereas IIT Bombay was the winner of the General Championship of Women’s tournament.
51th Inter IIT Sports Meet (2016)
51th Inter IIT Sports Meet was hosted by IIT Kanpur. The opening ceremony of that was inaugurated by Paralympic Javelin Thrower Devendra Jhajharia. IIT Madras Aquatic team evolved as the overall champions of Inter IIT Aquatic Meet while IIT Kanpur continued their winning streak and emerged as overall champions for the third consecutive time.
52th Inter IIT Sports Meet (2017)
52nd Inter IIT Sports Meet was organized by IIT Madras. The opening ceremony was inaugurated in the presence of renowned Indian Field Hockey Team’s former Captain Viren Rasquinha. IIT Bombay was declared as overall champions.
53th Inter IIT Sports Meet (2018)
53rd Inter IIT Sports Meet was organized by IIT Guwahati and had its own significance for them. It was conducted to celebrate the silver jubilee of the institute. It was also the first time when the Para-powerlifting event was introduced.
The Aquatic meet was inaugurated by none other than Sajan Prakash, the man with the highest number of records number of National Records in long and short course swimming events. The Chief Guest of the Main Meet was Shiny Abraham, the first woman to represent Indian in semi-finals of an Olympic event, one who represented India in more than eighty international meets and had Rio Paralympics Gold Medalist Mariyappan Thangavelu as its guest of honor in the ceremony. IIT Delhi won the overall general championship, 26 points clear of the runner up.
54th Inter IIT Sports Meet (2019)
54th Inter IIT Sports Meet was held across IIT Kharagpur and IIT Bhubaneshwar. For the first time, the meet was co-hosted by 2 IITs. 8 sports were conducted by IIT Kharagpur and 4(Badminton, squash, volleyball, and Table Tennis) by IIT Bhubaneshwar. The ceremony had Shri Pratap Chandra Sarangi (Minister of State in the Government of India for Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries and Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises) as the chief guest of the meet and Ms. Dutee Chand an Indian professional sprinter as the guest of honor.
IIT Kharagpur won the overall championship with a record-breaking performance in Athletics.
55th Inter IIT Sports Meet (2020)
The venue of the 55th Inter IIT sports meet 2020 is not decided yet. It may also get canceled due to coronavirus pandemic.
The seven old IIT’s take turns to host the tournament. Out of 54 editions held so far, IIT Madras has emerged as winners 22 times, followed by IIT Kharagpur 13 times, followed by IIT Bombay 12 times.
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