Bhubaneswar: India defeated United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the inaugural match of the 3rd Asia Rugby Under-18 Sevens Girls Championship at Kalinga Stadium here on Friday.
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.
Likewise, China, Qatar and Thailand edged past Philippines, Laos and Nepal 49-0, 24-0 and 60-0 respectively.
Odisha Chief Minister (CM) Naveen Patnaik inaugurated the 4-day Championship wherein 12 top Asian countries are participating, where he also felicitated heptathlon Swapna Barman(Asian Games gold medalist)
The cultural group of Padmashree Aruna Mohanty spellbound the jam-packed stadium.
Sports and Youth Services Minister Chandra Sarathi Behera said, “Our State capital is becoming the sports capital of India. We are going to host hockey World Cup in November. The State is planning to create a rugby academy in Bhubaneswar city.”
Secretary Vishal Dev, Director Vineel Krishna, Asia Rugby President Aga Hussain, Rugby Indian President Nomi Meheta, Former Rugby player Rahul Bose and Odisha Rugby Football Association President Priyadarshi Mishra were among others who were present on the inaugural ceremony.