Odisha’s Sumitra Nayak to lead Indian Women’s Rugby Team

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 August 24 and 15.

The other four girls selected from Odisha in the team are Soni Mandangi, Lija Sardar, Rajani Sabar and Parbati Kisku.

The team trained and prepared for three weeks at the Indian National Training Camp held in Bhubaneswar. A total of five countries from across Asia including Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong, India and hosts Laos will vie for top honours at the championships.

Speaking on the occasion Mahesh Mathai, Secretary General, Rugby India said that they 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 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,” he said.

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)

Coach- Rehamuddin Shaikh (Maharashtra)

Manager- Ishwaraj Kotariki (Maharashtra)

Physio – Vahbiz Bharucha (Maharashtra)

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