Patna, August 11: The Bihar Capital Patna has today witnessed first ever Wheelchair Rugby National Tournament. 8 states team – UP, New Delhi, Bihar, Jharkhand, Gujarat, Punjab, Haryana, and Maharashtra are participating in this tournament. This is a unique sport created by athletes with a disability; it combines elements of rugby, basketball, and handball.
Wheelchair Rugby was invented in 1977 in Winnipeg, Canada by a group of quadriplegic athletes who were looking for an alternative to wheelchair basketball. They wanted a sport which would allow players with reduced arm and hand function to participate equally. The sport they created, originally called Murderball, is now known as Wheelchair Rugby.
“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, " Nikhil Kumar Gupta, the secretary of Wheelchair Rugby Federation of India, said.
Along with this, Patna is also hosting Senior National Rugby Sevens Championship 2017 at Patliputra Sports stadium. Starting from 11th August the tournament will conclude on 13th August. Rugby India, the governing body for the sport of rugby in India in association with Societe Generale, one the largest European financial services group, and Rugby Football Association of Bihar is hosting the championship.
Counting the latest one Patna is third time hosting Senior Nationals Tournament. Rugby India expects to get a good response from crowds. This tournament aims at promoting rugby in India.