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CM Naveen welcomes Rugby World Cup Trophy
Sportslogon Team August 10th 2018

Bhubaneswar : The Webb Ellis Cup, rugby’s most coveted prize, has reached the temple city of Bhubaneswar as part of the 2019 Rugby World Cup 2019 Trophy Tour in India. Bhubaneswar was the third destination of India tour and the last destination before the trophy reach to host country Japan.

Rugby World Cup 2019, the ninth edition of the third largest global sports event, will be held in Japan from September 20 to November 2, 2019, and is the first time the tournament will be hosted in Asia.

Naveen Patnaik, CM, Government of Odisha said: "It is good to witness the excitement around the Rugby World Cup 2019 Trophy Tour in India. Odisha is the nursery of rugby in India and our players have brought laurels for both the state and the country. We are also the proud to be the host of the Asian U-18 Women's Rugby Sevens in October. I wish to encourage more kids come forward and play the sport of rugby."

Whilst in India the Trophy Tour has visited both Delhi and Mumbai, and during its visit to Bhubaneswar it had engaged with thousands of young rugby players as it visited the Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences . The Webb Ellis Cup was also pictured at the iconic Konark Sun Temple in Puri.

Speaking on the Rugby World Cup 2019 Trophy Tour to India, World Rugby CEO, Brett Gosper, said, “It has been fantastic to witness the huge levels of excitement, enthusiasm and curiosity that have accompanied the Webb Ellis Cup on every stop of the Trophy Tour in India over the past week. “We thank Chief Minister, Naveen Patnaik, for his kind invitation to host the Webb Ellis Cup in Bhubaneswar and extend our gratitude to Vishal Dev and the Sports and Youth Services Departmentof the Government of Odisha as they show their support for the game of rugby.

The two-year Rugby World Cup 2019 Trophy Tour is underway visiting 18 countries aiming to inspire and engage new and existing rugby players and fans. The Trophy Tour supports World Rugby’s Impact Beyond Programme which aims to use World Rugby tournaments as a catalyst for the growth of the game. Project Asia 1 Million, part of Impact Beyond, which aims to attract one million new rugby participants by 2020, has already reached over 500,000 people across Asia.

In the last season of the trophy tour at Bhubaneswar, Olympian Indian hockey icon Dillip Tirkey, former Indian women football tam captain Sradhanjali Samantaray and first Odia international cricketer Debasish Mohnaty were welcomed the trophy.

“Odisha has always been at the forefront when it comes to promoting sports. We take great pleasure in having the coveted Rugby World Cup Trophy which has come to India for the first time. Rugby is quite popular in our state and our athletes have won medals both nationally and internationally, said Sports and Youth Services Minister Chandra Sarathi Behera.

Sports and Youth Services secretary Vishal Kumar Dev, expressed "It’s a great pleasure to welcome the Webb Ellis Cup to Bhubaneswa rahead of Rugby World Cup 2019. Bhubaneswar is known to be one of the major hotspots for rugby in India and our rugby players have brought laurels for the country in the past. We are hosting the Asian U-18 Women's Rugby Sevens as well in October this year. I would like to extend my warm wishes to the organisers and players for Rugby World Cup 2019." .
This news was added and updated on : August 10th 2018
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