Bhubaneswar: Indian sports is on an upswing and nothing captures it better than the fact that a group of young boys from Orissa's tribal belt have won the World School Rugby title.
Hailing from a non-descript corner of Orissa, young tribal boys of the Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS) got the Indian flag fluttering in London, when they beat South Africa to win the Under-14 World School Rugby title.
For the young boys from Orissa, to win an international trophy in a game that isn't really a mass sport in India is nothing short of a huge achievement.
"We are simply speechless. We have no words to express the feeling. We went there as underdogs and were not considered a team also. South Africa were the strongest but we won," Summit Aagrwal, a student of the KISS, said.
Homecoming couldn't have been any sweeter for them as coming from one of the most backward areas in India, they sure knew how to come up with their best tackles as they fought other teams from across the world.
"All of us are very proud from the moments we got the news that our children from Orissa and particularly tribal children from our state have done so brilliantly in an international rugby tournament in UK. All us from our state are very proud and will certainly popularise rugby as a sport even more," Orissa Chief Minster Naveen Pattnaik said.
"Cricket and football are popular sports in India but rugby is new to us. We also represent the country. We do the same things that cricketers and footballers do," Bikash Murmu, captain of the rugby team, said.
Now a group of boys from the tribal belt of Orissa have shown that India can be world beaters even in a sport that is not very popular in the country.