Yet another breakthrough for India, but this time it is in a sport in which Indians are not interested. Sweety Kumari a 19 year old prodigy from Bihar has won the International Young Player of the Year.
Sweety hailing from Nawada Village in Barh tehsil in Patna has been declared as the fastest rugby player in the continent. The winger is nicknamed “Scoring Machine” by her teammates.
“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,” Scrumqueens who adjudged the 19 year old as the International Young Player of the Year wrote on their website.
It is also said that the 19 year old pursued athletics and participated in sprints in her younger days. Her brother who inspired to take up sports has left sports due to the hard work sports take and has started to concentrate on work and helping the family make good enough income.
Kumari’s father worked as a handyman, while her mother worked in an Anganwadi as a worker. Speaking about her relationship with her family, the 19 year old prodigy said that “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 getting recognition in the state , Sweety hopes to help the country win laurels in the sport and also dreams of representing India in the Rugby world cup she also talks about the recognition she has received and talks about an incident in which she got away even though she came 10 minutes late for an examination.
“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.