"As the final whistle draws to a close, I guess I'll share a last set of words. It has been great being a part of the BSA Fraternity, not only as the General Secretary but over the course of the entire 4 years. I remember when I first stepped foot into IITD on 18th July 2013, three days before classes were to start, I went straight to the football field and it's been an emotional ride from then on. I believe sports build a bond that's as great as it can be. People in this community value camaraderie, spirit, willpower and dedication more than anything and I've been extremely privileged to have been an integral part of this community. It's a completely unique feeling of working and fighting as a team. Of celebrating with them, of crying with them. It took me 4 years to understand that sometimes more than the achievements themselves, what mattered was who we were celebrating them with. And that's the biggest takeaway I want to give you guys. BSA is full of seniors who have so much to teach you, on and off the pitch, learn from them, listen to them and fight alongside them. This year has been a roller coaster ride, we came with two clear objectives in our mind along with other smaller ones. We wanted to stitch a closer and stronger contingent that believed in an overall aim, an aim for the overall GC and we wanted to take sports at IITD beyond the Inter IIT Contingent and the formal sports; I believe we were mildly successful in that but all the credit goes to the great captain and vice captain team we had.
We came second in the overall GC, a feat we hadn't witnessed for about 6 years and with an eye on the top spot for next year we're perfectly poised for another great year. I'd like to firstly thank Gurjeer for being the Batman, someone who constantly ran in the shadows without ever even attempting to attract credit. Major part of the credit goes to Dhriti and the aquatics team for instilling the sentiment of champions early on with the aquatics meet itself and giving us the head start. No amount of praise would be enough for our Contingent leaders Amit and Deopuri for being the face of the IIT Delhi Contingent. And when you've got people like Sahaj, Tomar, Rutha and Dubey in the contingent, you can never fall short on the team spirit. We were also blessed with extremely talented juniors in the shape of Karan Birpali, Yash Malviya, Anuja and Adhhayan among others. And now for the big part, thank you Pudi and JJ for setting the greatest standards for excellence. And to the Hockey and Volley W team for making everyone envious for the all so lucrative gold. The final whistle at the hockey final might have been my greatest moment of the Inter IIT. And lastly, I'd want to thank the Football team for well, everything.
I have high hopes from Ashim, Rushil and team, I know for a fact that this talented and motivated set of teams will take IITD miles ahead. The effects are already visible. I'll be keeping a close track of events at IIT and assure you I'll be there in Madras to watch you guys lift the GC. Forgive me if I missed anyone up there, this contingent has been a great family and has made me proud in every step of this journey. But now it's all upon you guys, for my watch is ended. And now I rest. Goodbye and Good luck!"
Ishan Tyagi, General Secretary BSA (2016-17)