Bhubaneswar: Sumitra Nayak from Odisha will lead the Indian Women’s Rugby team which will compete in the Asia Rugby U-20 Sevens Championship to be held in Vientiane, Laos on 24th & 25th August 2019.
The team trained and prepared for 3 weeks at the Indian National Training Camp held in Bhubaneswar from 1st August to 22nd August, 2019. The national training camp was fully supported by the Sport and Youth Services Department, Govt. of Odisha and the Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (KIIT).
The players shortlisted to join the Indian National Training Camp were selected during the Societe Generale Junior Nationals and Senior Nationals Rugby 7s Championships held in Chandigarh and Patna respectively.
The team will be led by captain Sumitra Nayak from Odisha. The other four girls selected from the state are Soni Mandangi, Lija Sardar, Rajani Sabar, Parbati Kisku.
A total of five countries from across Asia including Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong, India and hosts Laos will vie for top honors at the championships.
Speaking on the occasion Mr. Mahesh Mathai, Secretary-General, Rugby India said, “We are grateful to the Sport & Youth Services Department, Govt. of Odisha, KIIT, KISS and Societe Generale for supporting our Indian National U-20 women’s rugby team. Our girls have done exceptionally well in their recent international tournaments and have done our country proud. These results are a testament to the growth we are witnessing in the women’s game across the country and these young ladies who will represent India this weekend are true heroes and role models for female ruggers across the globe. I wish them all the success for the tournament.
The following 12 players are selected from across India to represent the nation at the Asia Rugby U20 Sevens Championship in Laos.
1) Sumitra Nayak – Captain (Odisha)
2) Soni Mandangi (Odisha)
3) Lija Sardar (Odisha)
4) Rajani Sabar (Odisha)
5) Parbati Kisku (Odisha)
6) Sandhya Rai (West Bengal)
7) Lachmi Oraon (West Bengal)
8) Suman Oraon (West Bengal)
9) Sweety Kumari (Bihar)
10) Priya (Delhi)
11) Sultana (Delhi)
12) Shikha Yadav (Delhi)