Indian women teams create Rugby and Hockey history

Indian women teams create Rugby and Hockey history

In today's world, Indian women are indeed creating history in every field possible and talking about sports, the role and status of Indian women are absolutely equivalent to men. Yesterday's Indian women's Rugby team and women's Hockey team have brought glory to the nation by their historic wins and this has left us in pride!

Firstly to summarize, Indian women's Rugby team was formed just a year ago with 15 members and today, they have already registered its first international win against top team Singapore in the Asia Women's Division 1 Rugby XVs Championship fixture. The game has been conducted at Manila on June 22 and India emerged as winners with a 21-19 score. The pictures and videos of the staff and players dissolved into happy tears have now gone viral.

Last week, India defeated the Philippines with a narrow score of 32-27. Now, this Asia Women's tournament is a foundation and the qualifier for the Women's Rugby World Cup in 2021. The Bihar player Sweety Kumari scored two first-half and has set the team on its way to victory, getting a bronze medal in the Asian C'ship. Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik, Mumbai Congress leader Milind Deora, World Rugby CEO Brett Gosper and player-actor Rahul Bose congratulated the team on social media.

On the other hand, Indian women's hockey team has also hoisted the flag of success in Hiroshima where the players defeated Japan to win the FIH Women's Series Finals. The team defeated the opposition with 3-1 in the final match of the tournament on Sunday at the Hiroshima Hockey Stadium. The drag-flicker Gurjit Kaur slammed two goals in the match, standing as top-scorer and captain Rani Rampal gave the team an early lead. Rani was lauded for her excellent performance throughout. Currently, the hockey team is ranked ninth in the world and now, it has already secured a place in the FIH Olympic Qualifiers 2019. Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his happiness by calling the game as 'exceptional outcome.'

Isn't it a proud moment for Indians to have two extraordinary teams shining at the international carrier? With constant societal constraints, India still has a long way to go in terms of women’s sports and needs to be more encouraging in terms of funding and social barriers overall.