GABORONE Botswana, (Xinhua) --
Representatives of different African rugby unions
as well as officials from the governing body Rugby Africa (RA)
have arrived here to kick-start activities of a week to promote
First on the agenda
is a women’s rugby conference held under the theme of “a place
for women in rugby.”
started on Tuesday morning with representatives from 13 African
countries as well as those from World Rugby and Rugby Africa
including its president Abdelaziz Bougja and the general manager
for women’s rugby at World Rugby, Katie Seidler.
Guest speakers at
the conference include chief women’s football officer at FIFA
Sarai Bareman and Ada Milby, women rugby manager at Asia Rugby.
They are expected to
share their experience with the delegates as women involved in
guests at the conference, Rugby Africa vice president Dave
Gilbert said May is an important month for women’s rugby and
they have taken a decision as Rugby Africa to dedicate the month
Gilbert, who is also
the former president for Botswana Rugby Union (BRU) said they
are excited for Botswana to be hosting two important events for
women’s rugby immediately after Botswana hosted the
International Working Group (IWG) in Women and Sports
conference came to end in Gaborone this past Sunday.
The conference will
precede the Rugby Africa Women Sevens tournament that will take
place in Gaborone from May 26-27.
including Kenya, Senegal, Tunisia, Morocco, Mauritius,
Madagascar, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Uganda will join Botswana for
the two-day tournament at the national stadium to crown the
African women champions for 2018.
The teams will also
use the tournament to prepare for the Olympic qualifiers to be
played next year.
Pool A of the
tournament is comprised of Kenya, Madagascar and Senegal while
pool B has Tunisia, Uganda and Zimbabwe. Botswana, Zambia and
Mauritius are in pool C.