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17-year-old Rugby player dies after in-game collision in Bihar

Tanuj Kar
680   //    24 Jun 2016, 13:17 IST

In a tragic turn of events, a promising young Rugby player ran into a rough tackle by the opposition team during an ongoing match of the State Junior Rugby Football Championships at Ghoshi and succumbed to his injury on the way to the hospital in Bihar, on Sunday.

Vishwanath Sharan had broken into the national level ranks of the sport at an early age and had already represented his home state Bihar at several National tournaments. A resident of Nandna Village in the Ghoshi Block of Jehanabad district, the 17-year-old was playing in his allotted position of centre-half for the Jehanabad side as they took on their rival team from Arrah in Bhojpur.

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During the course of the match, as soon as Vishwanath received a pass and surged forward with the ball to attack for his team, a defender from the opponent side pounced on him to cut short his run, which culminated in the youngster suffering a heavy fall to the ground. Having dealt a hard blow to his head, Sharan lost his consciousness and was attended by some local doctors on the ground itself.

Failure to awaken him led to him being carried away to a local hospital from where he was sent to Patna Medical College for the severity of his condition. On arrival, he was pronounced to have been brought dead.

Alongside being a promising sportsperson, Vishwanath was a bright student who recently cleared his 10th standard CBSE board examinations with a CGPA of 10 from Jehanabad’s Pratibha Pallavan Public School. As the news of his demise broke, the Junior Championships were brought to a halt to mourn the devastating loss.

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