Playing any sport helps an individual stay active, organize time and foster constructive relationships. Sport plays an important role in developing a positive and confident personality and helps in understanding and building relations with team members.
Working on these beliefs, Lions Club of New Delhi Rajouri Garden and the Lions Save Child Trust started organizing sports events from the year 2014. The success stories of two Lions Soccer Cups and two Lions Martial Arts Championships encouraged them to initiate more sporting events that follow the motto of encouraging peace and promoting International understanding within the community.
With a mission of 'Bonding beyond Boundaries', Lion Onkar Singh Renu, recipient of The Progressive Melvin Jones Fellowship (PMJF) and the District Coordinator of 321 A3 initiated the 1st Lions Rugby Tournament.
Lions Club of New Delhi Rajouri Garden and Lions Save Child Trust in association with Indian Council for Human Relation, under the guidance of Lion Onkar, organized the Rugby Tournament to celebrate the 70th United Nations Day on Saturday 7th November. 2015. The tournament also marked the Centennial Celebrations with a vision and mission to spread the message of dignity, harmony and humanity globally.
The tournament received overwhelming response from the Lions community. It saw six teams
from different countries competing for the trophy.
The six participating teams were;
1. India Rebels
2. Japanese Team
3. British High Commission Team
4. Africa United
5. Ernst & Young
6. Team Real Reals
The tournament highlighted the importance of peace, harmony and sportsmanship. The final match was played between India Rebels and British High Commission, with India Rebels emerging as the Winners of the 1st Lions Rugby Tournament.
All participating teams were presented with certificates. The winners, India Rebels and First Runner Ups, British High Commission were presented with their respective trophies.
The event, though on a small scale was successful in attracting a large crowd. Lion Onkar, after taking over as the District Coordinator of 321 A3, has expressed his desire to organize the tournament on a larger scale by involving more international teams and making the tournament a permanent, Annual or a Semi Annual Feature.