Gargi Walekar, a resident of Mulund, Mumbai, was chosen for the second time in the Indian team to play at the Rugby Championship and represent the nation. While studying at St. Mary's School, she joined the rugby game with a keen interest. Currently a student of Ruparel College, this 18-year-old FYBA student will be a part of the Indian team and will participate in the World Rugby 2017 tournament in Paris, which will be held on July 7 and 8. As per reports, the 18-year-old team had earlier won bronze medals in the Asian Under-18 Rugby Sevens Championship in UAE.
Speaking to Mumbai Live, Gargi Walekar shared her excitement by quoting that, “If we are successful in playing the game as per the planned plan, we definitely will get the medal. In this tournament, we will get a tough fight from European and American teams. This is my second time in the international competition. We are well prepared, have worked hard and we believe we will win.”
The team will play under the leadership of Odisha’s Sumitra Nayak. This is the second international competition for the Indian team. Coach Nasser Hussain also provided more information about the team, which includes players from West Bengal, Delhi and Mumbai. Adding to the same, he said that the same time the team is very strong because West Bengal has played for the first time in 4 players.
We have been practising for one month and are gaining strength along with workouts. We are doing our best to win this tournament,” Team captain Sumitra Nayak.
Apart from the rugby, the event will also see other sports such as Volleyball, Football, Badminton, Basketball and Handball where about 15000 participants will participate from over 60 countries.
Wishing Gargi and the players in the Indian team the very best.