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Sporting ode to foreign students

Sporting ode to foreign students
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It may come as a startling revelation but the fact of the matter is that there are almost an estimated 20, 000 foreign students pursuing their academics in various universities and institutions in the city. Studying various courses in Osmania University, University of Hyderabad, EFLU and MANUU among several others, are students from Asia, Africa, including the Middle East, and some European nations.

It may come as a startling revelation but the fact of the matter is that there are almost an estimated 20, 000 foreign students pursuing their academics in various universities and institutions in the city. Studying various courses in Osmania University, University of Hyderabad, EFLU and MANUU among several others, are students from Asia, Africa, including the Middle East, and some European nations.

Driven by their inner urge, hundreds of them continue to hone their sports skills and their passion by taking some ground on hire on an hourly basis over weekends while some fortunate ones get to participate in tournaments representing some clubs, particularly in football.

Prof STLN Swamy (centre) releasing the poster

In order to give a feel of exclusiveness to these overseas students, the Masab Tank-based Sports Coaching Foundation (SCF) has conceptualised a first of-its-kind sports extravaganza that comes as music to the ears. In a welcome development, founder-secretary of the Foundation, K Sai Baba interacted with representatives of various foreign student bodies in the city on Monday.

They included ‘players’ from Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Sudan, Somalia, Afghanistan and Yemen. In collaboration with Nizam College, SCF will conduct a unique ‘Foreign Students Sports Event-2015’ at the college premises from January 22 to 24. Apart from several disciplines like basketball, volleyball, football and track & field events, the event will have a tennis ball T20 cricket tournament that mandates each team to have five men and an equal number of women, each of whom has to bat, bowl, keep wickets and also field.

The logo for the event was released by Prof STLN Swamy, the Principal of Nizam College, who later said that the event could spread cultural togetherness and open new chapters in bilateral ties. Sai Baba said that around 1500 students, including girls, will participate in the extravaganza.

He said that they had hoped to come up with a sporting event where everyone would be a winner. Their reward will be the sporting time and the sense of togetherness spent on the ground for three successive days. Many of the ‘ecstatic’ participants said it was an overwhelming tribute to their identity and stay here.

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