African Games Introduce Rugby for Historic Debut from 8th to 23 March in Ghana

Today marks a historic milestone as Rugby Sevens makes its eagerly awaited debut at the African Games scheduled from March 8 to March 23 in Accra, Ghana.

The 13th edition of the African Games will serve as the official qualifier for the 2024 Olympic Paris Games.

Organized by the African Union (AU) with the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA) and the Association of African Sports Confederations (AASC), the African Games is Africa’s biggest multi-disciplinary sporting event geared towards advancing top-class African Sports and fostering cultural exchanges between the member states of the African Union.

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The games will see some five thousand elite athletes, three thousand experienced officials and thousands of fans nationwide, and an estimated global audience of 2.2 billion people watching through traditional and social media.

I stand with great pride as rugby takes its rightful place within the African Games for the very first time

The addition of Rugby Sevens not only showcases the diversity of sports across Africa but reflects the organization’s dedication to sports representation, an increase in regional participation and sports development.

Rugby Sevens, a variation of rugby union, features teams comprised of seven players engaging in seven-minute halves, diverging from the traditional format of 15 players per side and 40-minute halves. The governance of rugby sevens falls under World Rugby, the global authority for rugby union.

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“I stand with great pride as rugby takes its rightful place within the African Games for the very first time. This marks a historic moment for our sport and for the continent as a whole. My heartfelt congratulations go out to Ghana and my President Nana Akufo-Addo for their exceptional work in preparing to host this esteemed event” stated Herbert Mensah, President of Rugby Africa. “The African Games serve as a testament to our continent’s commitment to sports. It’s a platform where our athletes can shine, our nations can unite, and our shared passion for the game can be celebrated on a grand scale.”

Rugby Africa President, Herbert Mensah, remains dedicated to fostering the growth and development of rugby across the African continent. Since his election, President Mensah has been a vocal advocate for an increase in competitions across the continent, which will provide opportunities for the youth to develop their athletic talent.

Ghana, a founding member of the African Games, is hosting the Olympic event for the first time, with 5000 elite athletes from over 54 African countries competing in 25 diverse sports codes including swimming, cricket, football, volleyball, and many more. With the inclusion of Rugby Sevens in the line-up, the African Games promises to deliver unmatched excitement. 


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