Sports reporter GUWAHATI, Aug 9 - The week-long 2nd All Assam Rugby Football Coaching Camp concluded at the Nehru Stadium here today.
Ramendra Narayan Kalita addressing the gathering.
Altogether 42 players from districts including Bongaigaon, Barpeta, Chirang, Udalguri, Baksa, Kamrup (M), Sonitpur were in the camp where Pankaj Dadar from Delhi imparted coaching.
The camp was organised by the Rugby Association of Assam (RAA) where Delhi Hurricane provided technical support.
Speaking on the occasion, the RAA president and MLA of West Guwahati Ramendra Narayan Kalita said, rugby football is a relatively new game in Assam as the first State association was formed in 2007. But for several years it remained inactive due to various reasons. In 2016 the State rugby body was reconstituted and since then the State team is participating in various national championships. In the National School Games, Assam has been performing satisfactorily. In 2017, Assam U-17 team became runners-up in the National School Games held at Bhubaneswar. Urging the players to work hard and continue playing in their respective districts, Kalita said, as rugby is a developing sport in India, youngsters have ample scope for playing for Assam and India as well. “We are trying to develop the game in every district and I will urge the campers to take initiative in preparing teams of various age groups in their respective districts and organise tournaments,” said Kalita. The RAA president also revealed their desire to set up associations in districts and organise tournaments at university level.
The campers, while expressing their views said, some tournaments in the State will help spotting talents as Assam has tremendous potentiality in this event.
RAA secretary Ajit Kalita, officials P Mahanta, Ranjan Das were also present on the occasion and gave details about their activities. Coach Pankaj Dadar was felicitated on the occasion and participation certificates were distributed among the campers.