College of Engineering, Pune, the third oldest centre of technical education in Asia, has always been known to be an institution that inculcates the spirit of pursuing excellence in all those that pass through its hallowed halls. So too has it been in the case of our Sports Festival, ZEST. ZEST is already ranked within the top sports festivals in India, but that is not enough for us. With lofty ambitions such as this, the pressure to deliver has only grown. A coliseum without equal for all things sports, ZEST has always been, and will always continue to be, the ultimate destination for collegiate athletes!
Bringing together the best of athletes with the most intense and challenging competition, ZEST is one of the biggest sports festivals in India, organised by the College of Engineering, Pune. It is one of the most awaited events organised at COEP, with over 150 colleges participating enthusiastically and the footfall on a tremendous rise. ZEST provides arenas for 21 different sports like Volleyball, Cricket, Hockey, Football, Kho-Kho, Kabaddi, Baseball, etc. Wholesome competition for some indoor games like Chess & Carrom are also organised. 15 years down the line, ZEST is bigger than ever before, and the future seems to indicate only one thing: even the sky isn't a limit!
Someone says "Sports". We think "Cricket". A child says "I aspire to be a sportsman". The child's parents frown on the child's disinterest in Engineering. Why? India is a magnificent nation, but it is still growing. And a department where it severely lacks is recognition of sport as a viable career option. ZEST '18 is here to fix this! Through our unique platform and widespread reach, ZEST aims to provide weight to careers in sports, and to provide to those that have the skills in their sports but not the means to make it, a platform to take their careers forward. To make the unknown known, to give sports in India a new voice, and to give these young talents the push they need to pierce the firmament. That is what ZEST '18 is about! Encapsulating this sentiment in three words, ZEST '18's theme is: FAN THE FIRE!
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