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Passion for rugby takes them to London

Bhubaneswar: For Bikash Chandra Murumu, 14, hailing from a tribal family in Mayurbhanj District of Orissa, life have not been easy, as he and his family are not able to afford even two square meals a day.

But, troubles did not deter him from to pursue his dream to become a rugby player. Thanks, to the effort of his school Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS), the largest tribal school in Asia, Bikash now is heading for London to represent India at the International School Rugby Tournament as the captain of India’s Under 14 team.

Eleven more tribal children hailing from various districts of Orissa are gearing up to join Murumu as team-mates to play in the international tournament slated for later this month.

The 12 school children belong to the rugby team of the KISS, a sister concern of Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology KIIT (deemed university) who have been selected to represent India at the international event.

Dream come true

“It is a dream come true for us. Even though my parents do not know anything about London, they are happy that I will be travellling by plane”, Murumu says. Ganesh Chandra, 13, one of the Murumu’s team mates, just cannot stop smiling as he talks about his impending trip.

Achyuta Samanta, Chancellor of KIIT says, “Twenty children participated in the Inter-School Rugby Tournament held in Kolkata last month and won it. Out of the twenty, 12 were finally selected to play in London”.

Rigorous training

The team is being trained for three hours daily. Rugby, the sport which is yet to catch up in the country is nothing less than the cricket or any other popular sports for the young team.

“India had lost the cricket world cup but we will win the tournament and make everybody proud”, says a beaming Ganesh Chandra, 14. - PTI

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