Bhubaneswar, September 22: Rugby India in conjunction with the Government of Odisha and other partners, on Wednesday, felicitated and honoured the Indian U18 Girls Rugby team for wining silver at the Asia Rugby U18 Girls Rugby Sevens Championship 2021 held at Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
A total of five countries from across Asia – Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, United Arab Emirates (UAE), India and the hosts, Uzbekistan, vied for top honours at the championship.
At the felicitation ceremony, the Government of Odisha, Rugby India and supporting partner Blade Urban Air Mobility (India) announced cash rewards (ranging from Rs 4 to 5 lakh per partner) to the Indian U18 Girls Rugby team and Coaches for their stellar achievement. Thus the total purse of bonuses comes to approx 15 lakhs for the 15 person squad.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik also acknowledged and applauded this effort of the Indian U18 Rugby team at the event through a video message.
The felicitation ceremony was held at Odisha State Convention Centre, Lok Seva Bhavan, Bhubaneswar in the presence of Tusharkanti Behera, Minister of Sports & Youth Services, Govt. of Odisha, Prof. Achyuta Samanta, Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha, Kandhamal & Founder, KIIT and KISS, R. Vineel Krishna, Commissioner -cum-Secretary, Sports & Youth Services, Govt. of Odisha, Vikram Ahuja, President, Indian Rugby Football Union, Rahul Bose, Actor, Director, Writer, Philanthropist and Board member of Rugby India and Priyadarshi Mishra, President, Odisha Rugby Football Association.
The Indian U18 Girls Rugby team is supported by Societe Generale (financial partners & official bank), Government of Odisha and Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology- KIIT (high performance partners), BLK (match kit partner), Fast & Up (nutrition partner), Blade Urban Air Mobility (India) and Abhinav Bindra Targeting Performance (ABTP) as associate partners.