Bihari Woman Rugby Player Named as ‘International Young Player of Year’

Another daughter of Bihar brings pride to the state. The popular women’s Rugby Website Scrumqueens has named 19-year-old women’s rugby player Sweety Kumari as the “international young player of the year”.  Sweety was earlier declared by Asia Rugby as the “continent’s fastest player”, according to Scrumqueens. Sweety hails from Nawada village in Barh Tehsil of Patna, plays as a winger in the team and is nicknamed India’s “Scoring Machine” by teammates. She is often appreciated by her coaches and seniors.

Scrumqueens wrote about Sweety on their website “She impressed from the start, but it was this year that she started making a big impact in Asia, at both sevens and fifteens. Described by Asia Rugby as the continent’s fastest player, her explosive pace and power has resulted in her top-scoring at most of India’s sevens tournaments, as well as scoring two outstanding tries in their first ever test match win against Singapore.”

As per a report, Sweety pursued her elder brother in athletics and participated in sprints during her younger days. In an interview, she said: “He’s left the sport, he gave up because it was hard work. Now, my father keeps scolding my siblings to study and tells them to learn something from Sweety.”

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Sweety’s father is a handyman, while her mother is an Anganwadi worker. Sweety give credits to her father and his support in her life. Speaking about her relations with her family, she said: “My father put me ahead of others and helped me in every way he could. I would tell coaches to lend me spikes, I would prove I deserved them by winning.”

With rugby starting to get attention in the state, Sweety has garnered fame in her home district. “When I walked in 10 minutes late for an exam once, the invigilator started talking to me about my game and others clapped. They let me write the exam with an easy let-off,” she said.

This is a turning point for the young girls who aspire to become a sportsperson. Girls like Sweety are paving a path for the coming generation to walk forward to live their dreams.

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