India should not hope for medal in rugby in CWG

Kolkata: India is taking baby steps in rugby at present and one should not hope for a medal in the discipline at the upcoming Commonwealth Games to be held from October 3 to 14 in New Delhi.

Stating that with top countries like Australia, New Zealand and England part of the Commonwealth nations, Indian Rugby and Football Union (IRFU) Vice-President Noomi Mehta said, "They are world-class sides, compared to them we are nowhere.”

"But we are growing as far as the sport is concerned. We have a plan in place and after reaching a plateau, we can figure out what future rugby has in India," he said, while announcing the 77th All-India and South Asia Tournament to be held here from tomorrow.

Stating that India was shaping well among Asian countries, he said, "We recently beat China, so the future is promising. Among the Asian countries, Japan, Hong Kong and Korea are the leading rugby nations. Japan has a full-fledged professional rugby league in place."

Mehta said India was improving as far as rankings were concerned.

"At present we are ranked 73rd after improving from the 120th," he said.

Leading up to the CWG, India came fourth in an 8-nation Asian Rugby Test (Delhi), runners-up in the Asian five national Davision II tournament (Delhi), won Istanbul 7`s in Turkey and also returned victorious in the Bee`s International 7s rugby tournament held at Bradford as part of preparations in the last six months.

India has 21-member core probables for the CWG where the format will be of rugby sevens in a 16-team event.


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