Odisha Government signs agreement with Rugby India till 2023. The Government of Odisha has recently done an agreement with the Indian Rugby Football Union. The government would also facilitate high-performance training and conditioning of the players.
The Government of Odisha and Indian Rugby Football Union (IRFU) signed an agreement to sponsor the Indian national rugby teams for the next three years i.e till 2023, and facilitate high-performance training and conditioning of the players.
The sponsorship will be extended towards training, conditioning, and incentivizing the Indian national rugby teams (men & women) participating in international rugby events.
Govt. of Odisha and Rugby India will not only help develop the sport of rugby further in Odisha and India but also support and strengthen the high-performance training of Indian National Rugby Teams.
Odisha has been one of the front-runners in promoting rugby amongst other sports disciplines and has produced some famous names in Indian Rugby.
The Odisha Government is dedicatedly working towards their vision of ‘Sports, a priority for Odisha’, by developing the state as a hub for major sporting events and creating international standard high-performance training centers in multiple sports for the country.
Actor Rahul Bose marked the agreement as a historical landmark for India Rugby. “This is a historic day for Indian Rugby. Thanks to this sponsorship from the Govt of Odisha, national rugby players (women and men) will, for the first time ever, be paid for their services to the Indian rugby teams. This marks a first, solid step towards making rugby a professional sport in the country. Today we celebrate the long-standing partnership we have with Odisha as we pave the way for a bright future for our athletes,” Rahul said.
The partnership is based on the Odisha Government’s mission to develop, promote, and expand the Sports ecosystem beyond Hockey and Football. After sponsoring the National Hockey teams in 2018 for a period of five years, and later supporting the ISL team -Odisha FC, the State of Odisha has set another benchmark today by sponsoring the National Rugby Teams.
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