Uttar Pradesh wins Indias first National Wheelchair Rugby Championship
The Wheelchair Rugby Federation of India, in association with Rugby India, the governing body for the sport of Rugby in India, and Societe Generale successfully hosted the inaugural India National Wheelchair Rugby Championship, which was held alongside Rugby India’s “Senior National Rugby Sevens Championship” at the Patliputra Stadium, Patna, Bihar on August 11-12, 2017.
In the finals, Uttar Pradesh State Wheelchair Rugby team defeated Gujarat State team by 19-17. And Haryana State team secured third place by defeating Delhi by 7-2.
This was the first time a total of 8 state teams participated in a Wheelchair Rugby competition in India. The participants States were, New Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Jharkhand, Gujarat, Punjab, Mumbai and host Bihar.
Both days of the National Wheelchair Rugby Championship proved to be action packed with some fantastic display of wheelchair rugby.
Nikhil Kumar Gupta, Secretary, Wheelchair Rugby Federation of India said, “We are excited to participate in the Inaugural Wheelchair Rugby Nationals. It is very encouraging to see the participation in India’s first ever wheelchair rugby event. We are thankful to Rugby India and Societe Generale for extending all their support in organizing this event. This initiative will give wheelchair rugby players an exposure and much deserved opportunity at the national level. These athletes will show the world that despite facing unimaginable tragedies, anyone can achieve their ambitions through their talent, skills, inner strength and positive attitude.”
Mahesh Mathai , Secretary General, Rugby India said - “Being the sole governing body for Rugby in India, Wheelchair Rugby also falls under IRFU’s purview. This is an exciting time for Rugby India given the increasing popularity that the sport is witnessing across the nation; and we promise to assist and support all the efforts of Wheelchair Rugby in India and help them achieve newer milestones. This team will be a symbol of hope for all the disabled yet aspiring and passionate sportsmen in our world, and will make the world better aware of how their undying spirit enables them to overcome challenges.”
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