of ESPN Star Sports' most successful on ground initiatives
to get closer to the younger generation - ESPN School Quiz
2002 - has just completed a hugely successful run. DPS Farakka
walked off with the coveted trophy. DPS Farakka won both
the first and the second National finals respectively to
emerge All-India winners of the ESPN School Quiz 2002. The
team from DPS Farakka walked away with a grand cash prize
of Rs 500,000.
While this cash prize will be used by the school to improve
the sporting facilities in the school, the team members
Suvojit Chakraborty and Rahul Mukherjee will enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime
opportunity from ESPN Star Sports in recognition of their
quizzing talent. They will be flown to any major international
sporting event of their choice from events featured on either
ESPN or Star Sports!
In both the National finals DPS Farakka beat Loyola School
from Trivandrum and Mt.St.Mary's School from Delhi quite
easily. In the first National final while Mt.St.Mary's could
muster a paltry 5-point tally, Loyola did not disturb the
scorekeepers! In the second National final Mt.St.Mery's
scored 23 and Loyola scored 35.
Hosted by popular presenter Harsha Bhogle, The ESPN School
Quiz 2002 showcased the best of sports quizzing talent from
around the country. As many as 108 schools came through
a tough selection process to feature on this unique TV show.
To start with, over 2000 teams from 17 cities had to get
past a written test. Cities and towns like Bhilai, Bhopal,
Darjeeling, Dehradun, Farakka, Gangtok, Indore, Mangalore,
Nasik, Siliguri, Shimla, Surat, Tezpur, Vijayawada and Udhagamandalam
were represented for the first time. On-ground quizzes were
also conducted in 6 cities in the search for the best.
The 27 top teams from each of the four zones - North, South,
East and West - were selected for the final phase of 'On-Air,'
quizzing, giving every one of the 216 students a chance
to test their knowledge of sports against the best competition
in the country.
Manu Sawhney, managing director, ESPN Software India Ltd,
said: "We at ESPN Star Sports are committed to promoting
sporting excellence in India and School Quiz 2002 further
exemplifies our effort in this direction. This show provided
a unique opportunity for the sports-loving students to pit
their knowledge against the best talent across the country
and bring pride and glory to their institution."
Apart from the Grand First Prize, the other prizes were
as follows --
The teams winning the National Semi Finals won Rs. 200,000
each (Team Prize)
Zonal Final Winners from each zone won a Trophy (Team Prize)
Both team members of all the 12 Zonal Semi-Final Winners
received an ESPN Kit each (Individual Prize)
Winners of the Preliminary Rounds from each zone won a Milo
wristwatch (Individual Prize)
All participants will received ESPN Certificates Of Excellence
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