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CM Naveen inaugurates Asia U-18 Rugby championship
Sportslogon Team October 26th 2018


Bhubaneswar : Chief Minister (CM) Naveen Patnaik inaugurated the 3rd Asia Rugby Under-18 Sevens Girls Championship at Kalinga Stadium here on Friday, wherein 12 top Asian countries are participating in the there day long championship.

It is great privilege to host first ever age grade international rugby international tournament in our State. Ahead of Odisha Hockey Men's World Cup this championship will creat sporting sprite among the people, said CM Naveen Patnaik.

On the inaugural occasion CM felicitated Asian Games gold medalist heptathalate Swapna Barman.The cultural group of Padmashree Aruna Mohanty spellbound the houseful stadium. Our State capital is becoming the sports capital of India. We are going to host another biggest event of sports, hockey World Cup in November. The State is planning to creat a first rugby academy of the country in Bhubaneswar city, said Sports and Youth Services Minister Chandra Sarathi Behera.

Third rated Indian Rugby team started their campaign with a winning note by defeating UAE by 22-5. Anitha, Rosmita Oraon, Parbati Kisku and Sweety Kumari are the Indian player scored a try each. In the second match Sri Lanka edged out Bangladesh 81-0, while Hong Kong beat Chinese Taipei 65-0.

China, Qatar and Thailand edged past Philippines, Laos and Nepal 49-0, 24-0 and 60-0 respectively. The tournament will be a tough one as the top Asian teams are taking part in the championship. We are thankful to the Odisha Government for their support to host the meet in true international standard, said Asia Rugby President Aga Hussain

Among others Sports and Youth Services Minister Chandra Sarathi Behera, Secretary Vishal Dev, Director Vineel Krishna, Asia Rugby President Aga Hussain, Rugby Indian President Nomi Meheta, Former Rugby player Rahul Bose, Odisha Rugby Football Association President Priyadarshi Mishra were present. .
This news was added and updated on : October 26th 2018
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