-- Rugby Africa, which will be
in charge of the African Youth Games, to be held in
Algiers from July 18-28, has confirmed that 22 teams
will be taking part in the tournament.
ago in Gaborone, Botswana, Kenya was humiliated when it
lost 60-0 to champions South Africa to settle for
silver. Zimbabwe claimed the bronze medal, beating
Namibia in the third and fourth place playoff.
President Abdelaziz Bougja has since said the continent
has gained tremendously in the sport and was encouraged
by the popularity of rugby at the Olympic Games in Rio
de Janeiro in 2016.
“That is why
we have decided to make the third edition of the African
Youth Games a major objective for the 2018 season,” said
Bougja on Thursday.
in the Olympics represents a great opportunity for the
development of rugby. Today, there are one million
players in Africa engaged in the sport. We have a goal
to reach two million over the next 10 years,” he added.
hopeful to see an African country win gold in the
Olympics, noting that with sound structures in place to
train upcoming players, anything is possible.
become an Olympic sport due to the efforts of my friend
and former president of World Rugby Bernard Lapasset. I
was delighted to see South Africa bring home the bronze
medal from the first participation of rugby 7s in the
Rio Olympics in 2016,” said Bougja.
lauded African countries that have strong leagues for
youth, saying they must work hard to improve the scope
and quality of the game, especially among the youth.
Committees in our African countries have provided the
greatest possible support in this registration process
and it is thanks to them that 22 teams will be competing
in Algiers bringing in over 300 young athletes,” he
Youth Games are open to young people under 18.
president of Association of National Olympic Committee
of Africa (ANOCA) Mustapha Berraf said he has high
expectations for the event.
Youth Games will be a real celebration of sport and its
values. I look forward to seeing the emergence of the
future African stars of international rugby,” said
that have confirmed participation in the Africa Youth
Games are host Algeria, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi,
Congo, DR Congo, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Madagascar,
Mauritius, Morocco, Namibia, Sierra Leone, South Africa,
Tunisia, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.