Bhubaneswar: SAI Olympics, the annual sports event of SAI International School came to a glittering end on Monday. The valedictory ceremony was attended by Ashish Shah, CEO, Odisha Football Club, Dutee Chand, Olympic Athlete, Sabina A Sehgal, Country Head, Leading Schools of India, Dr Bijaya Kumar Sahoo, Founder and Mentor, SAI International Education Group, Dr Silpi Sahoo, Vice Chairperson, SAI International Education Group, and Principal, SAI International School.
The 3-day event saw some excellent sporting activities and reflected the brilliant sportsmanship of the young students. The Choir group mesmerized everyone with a medley of songs on the great values of Mahatma Gandhi. It was a great sight to witness the wonderful performance of more than 3500 students who celebrated the 150th birth anniversary of Gandhiji through a series of spectacular performance.
Chief Guest, Dutee Chand encouraged the students to take up sports as a career. She appreciated the effort of the State Government in making Odisha a sports destination and also congratulated SAI International School for creating an affinity for sports in the students. Addressing the parents Chand said that academics is important but equal focus needs to be given towards sports which would enable children to become more evolved human beings.
Speaking on the occasion, Shah pointed that the enormous well maintained stadium shows the International character of the school. He outlined the collaborative effort of SAI International School and Odisha Football Club for the Grassroot FC program to scout talent from all across Odisha and hone their skills to make them proficient players, where by helping them to realize their dreams and enabling them to represent the state and the country.
On the occasion Sehgal felicitated Dr Sahoo for his contribution in making SAI International School a Leading School of India. Sehgal said that schools like SAI International are a big hope in the field of K – 12 education. She shared that SAI got selected as a leading school of the country through a rigorous procedure taking into account several vital points that aids in the holistic development of a child.
Dr Sahoo shared that SAI Olympics is a celebration of sports and congratulated all the students for their brilliant performance. He highlighted five essential points to the parents for the well being of their children, which includes guiding them to sleep early, helping them to exercise for 30 minutes every day, adding a liberal amount of fruits in their diet, checking their weight and BMI every month and not allowing them to use any kind of electronic gadgets after 8 pm.
Earlier, the sports event was inaugurated by Chief Guest Premananda Nayak, Minister, Skill Development and Technical Education and Dutee Chand on Thursday. Day 2 was attended by eminent football players Vinit Rai and Chhuantea as well as distinguished Karate player Valena Valentina.
During the 3-day event, students of SAI International School who participated in various National-level competition were facilitated. Prizes were also given to the winners of the athletics competitions and inter-house sports competitions.