Defending champions Kota bounce back after opening day defeat even as SRM University have a good day

Written by Taasir


Noida/Lucknow, May 24, 2023: Kabaddi men’s defending champions Kota University of Rajasthan, bounced back with a 28-23 victory over SRM University Chennai after losing their opening match on Tuesday, even as their opponent institution otherwise had a good day in office on competition day two of the on-going Khelo India University Games (KIUG) 2022 Uttar Pradesh (UP).

The other big news of the day were performances dished out by athletes of Chennai’s SRM University, after they won their matches in women’s Basketball (73-69 winners over Guru Nanak Dev University, Punjab), women’s Table Tennis (3-0 winners over Bhavnagar’s Maharaja Krishnakumarsinhji University), men’s volleyball (75-60 winners over University of Calicut) and women’s volleyball (75-39 winners over Guru Nanak University, Telangana), with the loss against Kota in Kabaddi being the only blemish.

Lucknow saw as many as six sporting disciplines begin their tournaments with Football and Rugby taking off at Guru Gobind Singh (GGS) Sports College, women’s Football, Tennis and Volleyball at the Ekana Sports Complex, Mallakhamb at the B.B.D. University grounds and Table Tennis at the B.B.D. Academy Indoor stadium.

At the GGS Sports College, Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT) of Odisha were the biggest gainers, winning both their men’s and women’s Rugby Sevens matches on the day. The men first inflicted the biggest 31-0 defeat on University of Mumbai and then came back in the evening to defeat Lovely Professional University 28-12. The KIIT women also had two huge wins after they won over Guru Nanak Dev University 51-5 and then blanked Chandigarh University 51-0, the highest victory margin of the day.

In men’s Football, M.G. University of Kerala defeated Panjab University 2-1, while Sant Singh Baba Bagh University, Punjab drew 1-1 with Kolkata’s Adamas University.

At the Ekana Sports City complex, Chaudhary Bansi Lal  University, Bhiwani, blanked the University of Mumbai 5-0 while Guru Jambeshwar University of Hisar, Haryana, were handed a walkover by Periyar University.

At the Babu Banarsi Das (B.B.D) Badminton Academy Indoor hall, Adamas, Savitri Bai Phule, Panjab, Chitkara and Chandigarh University returned winners in the women’s group games while Chitkara and Chandigarh were also in the winner’s circle in the men’s tournament.

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