Rugby union in Tajikistan
In 2012, Hotam Fayzulloh and others founded the Tajik Rugby Union.
In 1949, rugby union was forbidden in the USSR during the "fight against the cosmopolitanism". The competitions were resumed in 1957, and the Soviet Championship in 1966. In 1975 the Soviet national team played their first match.
In 1962, rugby in Tajikistan underwent a major expansion as four new teams were founded.
Tajikistan had its own rugby team in the USSR, but it was not treated as a proper national side.
With the founding of the Tajik Rugby Union in 2012, the prerequisites for the creation of Rugby teams (both male and female) in Tajikistan were set. With the help of NZ filmmaker Faramarz Beheshsti and others, first youth and a female team started training in and around Dushanbe.
- Louis, Victor & Jennifer Sport in the Soviet Union (Oxford Pergamon, 1980, ISBN 0-08-024506-4)
- Rugby union in Russia and USSR (Russian)
- Louis, p39
- Article in Tajik language from BBC Website
- Article from German rugby website Totalrugby.de on the founding of Tajik Rugby Union
- Asian Rugby Football Union
- "Islam and Rugby" on the Rugby Readers review
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