CWG may give a boost to Rugby in India: IRB

Written by: Samyuktha
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New Delhi, Sep 24: Even though a sense of pessimism hovers around the upcoming Commonwealth Games as the scandals puncture India's hopes, the country's sports, no doubt, can hope for a boost.

While, the star-studded tennis team of India is set to play in the first-ever Commonwealth Tennis tournament in the national capital, the Delhi Games, on the other hand, is expected to give a major boost to the sport of Rugby Sevens in the country.

Commenting on the upcoming CWG 2010, the International Rubgy Board, has expressed hope that the sport may gain momentum in India after the Delhi Games.

"The Commonwealth Games is a multi-sport event and what that does is raise the profile of the Game, so we're part of an even larger sports family up on a stage, a platform where we can showcase Rugby," said the IRB's General Manager for Asia, Jarrad Gallagher.

"What the Commonwealth Games does is bring the best teams from all around the world into Asia, so we're really promoting Rugby.

"I think they first of all will embrace sport, and watch India participate, and with Sevens rugby they'll go crazy about it. It's a 12,000 to 16,000-seater stadium so I think we're going to fill it up pretty easily, whether or not India are playing," Gallagher added.

The IRB also opined that the Games will not only give Rugby a popularity boost in India but also help Indian sports at large.

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