Rugby Sevens makes historic debut at African Games. RUGBY AFRICA

Today marks a significant milestone as Rugby Sevens makes its long-awaited debut at the African Games in Accra, Ghana from 8-23 March. This 13th edition of the African Games serves as the official qualifier for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

Rugby Sevens is a new addition to this year's African Games. The tournament is the largest multi-disciplinary sporting event in Africa and aims to promote elite African sport and foster cultural exchange between African Union member states. 

Organised by the African Union (AU) in partnership with the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA) and the Association of African Sports Confederations (AASC), the event will take place in Accra, Ghana, from 8 to 23 March. 

The event is expected to attract 5,000 top athletes, 3,000 officials, and many local fans, while reaching an estimated global audience of 2.2 billion people through television and social media.

The inclusion of Rugby Sevens not only highlights the diverse sporting landscape across Africa but also underlines the organisers' commitment to sporting representation, regional participation, and sports development.

Herbert Mensah, President of Rugby Africa stated: "I stand with great pride as rugby takes its rightful place within the African Games Herbert Mensah, President of Rugby Africa, stated: "It is with great pride that I stand here as rugby takes its rightful place in the African Games for the first time. This is a historic moment for our sport and for the continent as a whole." 

Rugby Sevens is a version of rugby union in which teams have seven players instead of the usual fifteen and halves last just seven minutes instead of the traditional 40. 

President Mensah is committed to the growth and development of rugby across the African continent. Ghana, a founding member of the African Games, is hosting the Olympic event for the first time, welcoming elite athletes from over 54 African countries to compete in 25 different sports. 

"The African Games are a testament to our continent's commitment to sport. 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," concluded Herbert Mensah.