Women rugby players rough it out for national rugby championship in Mumbai

May 24th, 2009 - 5:19 pm ICT by ANI  

Mumbai, May 24 (ANI): Sixteen teams from different states will lock horns against each other in a two-day women’s rugby tournament being held at the Bombay Gymkhana grounds in Mumbai. The championship commenced on Saturday and will culminate on Sunday.

According to the Indian Rugby Union, the organisers, 22 teams had desired to enter but only 16 were chosen and invited, as it was not possible to accommodate more teams.

Officials of the Indian Rugby Union also mentioned that much time and planning had gone into the staging of this national championship.

“We have been wanting to do a women programme for a very long time and our development has been going on in this particular case all over India. We have now managed to spread the game of rugby amongst the women as well and now we have 16 teams from all over India participating in this tournament. We have teams coming in from Jammu and Kashmir, right down to Kerala,” noted Aga Hussain, Vice President, Indian Rugby Union.

The game has traditionally been a man’s bastion, as the game requires a lot of stamina, tough physique structure and endurance against falls and injuries.

However, of late, many girls have taken up rugby as a regular sport and among them are the girls from Kashmir, all hailing from traditionally conservative society who have fared well at all levels of competitive rugby.

“I came to know about rugby from my school Green Valley Educational Institute. Therein we often saw people and boys playing rugby, but girls used to move away from the rugby because they got fear, because this is a do or die game. So they’re only brave people could play. I like bravery. I like adventure, that’s why I said this is a game of my type,” said Carol, a rugby player from Jammu and Kashmir.

The organisers are expecting that the tournament will help in increasing the popularity of the sport and more girls will come forward to take up the sport. (ANI)

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