Shillong, Meghalaya – December 13, 2023 – Don Bosco Higher Secondary School, Silchar, brought the spirit of friendly competition to Shillong this week with the Inter-School Bosco Olympics. Held on December 13th, 14th, and 15th, the event saw 18 schools from Meghalaya, Tripura, Assam, and Mizoram converge on the school grounds to participate in a diverse range of athletic and cultural activities.
The atmosphere was electric, buzzing with the excitement of students and teachers alike. The theme of the event, "Peace and Friendship," resonated throughout the three days, emphasizing the importance of building camaraderie and sportsmanship through healthy competition.
The opening ceremony was a spectacle in itself. Dr. Fr. M.C. Thomas, the Guest of Honor, delivered an inspiring speech, highlighting the crucial role of sports in a student's life. He emphasized the message that education and sports go hand in hand, urging every student to embrace the benefits and opportunities offered by athletic pursuits.
Fr. Babu Stephen, Comm. Head of Education and Culture, Shillong Province, also graced the occasion with his presence, adding to the weight and significance of the event. Rev. Fr. Surjit Tigga, Principal of Don Bosco School, Silchar, further fueled the enthusiasm by encouraging students to actively participate in sports and imbibe the true spirit of sportsmanship.
The ceremony unfolded with a vibrant display of cultural performances by Don Bosco School students, followed by a captivating march past by all participating schools. The air throbbed with cheers and applause as students proudly showcased their school spirit.
The days that followed were a testament to the athletic prowess and unwavering determination of the participating students. From the 100m sprint to long jump, shot put, and badminton, the Don Bosco School grounds became a stage for showcasing talent and pushing boundaries.
Chess, basketball, football, volleyball, throwball – the list of sports offered something for everyone, ensuring that every student had a chance to shine. The energy and enthusiasm were palpable, with cheers and encouragement echoing from the amphitheater and galleries as students competed and celebrated each other's victories.
The Bosco Olympics transcended the realm of pure competition, offering a platform for cultural exchange and understanding. The evenings were dedicated to showcasing the diverse artistic traditions of the participating regions. Through song, dance, and music, students shared their unique cultural identities, fostering a sense of camaraderie and appreciation for each other's heritage.
As the final whistle blew on the last event, the Inter-School Bosco Olympics concluded on a high note. The event was not just about winning and losing; it was a celebration of sportsmanship, teamwork, and the enduring power of friendship.
The students who participated left with not only memories of their athletic achievements but also a renewed sense of unity and respect for their peers from across the region. The Bosco Olympics served as a powerful reminder that sports can be a bridge, connecting individuals and communities through the universal language of competition and shared passion.