Dubai: The 17th edition of the BITS Pilani Sports Festival’s closing ceremony was transformed into a memorable event due to the presence of West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo. After the ceremony began with a speech of encouragement from Professor Dr R.N Saha, Director of BITS Pilani Dubai Campus, Bravo enthralled the participants. He not only inspired the students through his speech but also sang songs for them.
Bravo had recently led Maratha Arabians to the Aldar Properties Abu Dhabi T10 title. During the speech he gave an important message to the youngsters. “Be honest, work hard and never give up on your dreams.”
Bravo, who was excited to see so many athletes, narrated the tale of his rise to international fame. He revealed how, when he was only five years old, he told his parents he wanted to be a cricketer. He then reminisced about his early days of playing for the West Indies team and then for Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League.
Bravo then surprised everyone by singing three songs from his album: Champion, Asia and We Are The Kings. He then presented the trophy to Bits Pilani, Dubai Campus, who won the overall festival title for the eighth time in succession.
Athletics overall: AMITY Basketball
Athletics Boys: 1. CUD, 2. DMC Basketball
Athletics Girls: 1. AUS, 2. UOS
Volleyball Boys: 1. DMC, 2. Bath Spa
Volleyball Girls: 1. UOWD, 2. AUS
TT Boys: 1. BPDC, 2. HW
TT Girls: 1. RAKMHSU, 2. AMITY
Chess Boys: 1. DMC, 2. BPDC
Chess Girls: 1. RAKMHSU, 2. BPDC
Cricket Boys: 1. BPDC, 2. SKYLINE
Cricket Girls: 1. BPDC, 2. GMU
Tennis Boys: 1. Amity, 2. BPDC
Tennis Girls: 1. HW, 2. BPDC
Throwball: 1. BPDC, 2. GMU
Badminton Boys: 1. MDX, 2. BPDC
Badminton Girls: 1. BPDC, 2. AUS.