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How You Can help Get Rugby in the Olympic Games?

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :Admin on 16 Jun 2008 at 23:48

The IRB is asking all Rugby players and supporters to assist in spreading the message that Rugby should be included in the Olympic Games.

How can you do this?

1. Read the article “Rugby in the Olympic Games” as it will give you the reasons why the IRB believes Rugby should be in the Olympic Games.

2. Read the Rugby Narrative below to understand the key messages the IRB has developed to promote Rugby and the IRB around the world.

3. Promote these ideals and statistics to your friends and promote them at every opportunity such as letters to newspapers and magazines

4. Respond to the IOC’s Virtual Olympic Congress ,  See below:

The IOC Virtual Olympic Congress

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is asking the general public for its views on how sport and the Olympic and Paralympic Games can play an even more important role in the world.

The IOC will consider these views at its Olympic Congress to be held in Copenhagen in October 2009.

We believe this is an ideal opportunity for the Rugby community to help put the case to the IOC as to why Rugby Sevens would be a valuable addition to the Olympic Games programme – not least as the IOC will decide any changes to the Olympic Sport Programme at the Copenhagen Session.

You can register your views via http://www.2009congress.olympic.org/ until 31 December 2008 on up to two of the following five core themes:

1: The Athletes
2: Olympic Games
3: The Structure of the Olympic Movement
4: Olympism and Youth
5: The Digital Revolution
We would draw your attention in particular to theme 2 which focuses on: how to keep the Games a premier event; Olympic values; and universality and developing countries and theme 4 which focuses on youth. We feel that Rugby Sevens can make a valuable contribution to the issues raised in these themes and would urge you to contribute to the IOC Virtual Congress and especially themes 2 and 4.

The Rugby Narrative

RUGBY: A unique sport defined by physical contact, respect & community.

It is because of, not despite, Rugby’s intensely physical characteristics that such great respect exists between players and officials.

Rugby stands alone in its ability to forge lifelong friendships, build teamwork, understanding and co-operation. It is a sport that enriches the lives of all those involved and the long standing tradition of players from competing teams enjoying each others company away from the pitch remains at the very core of the Game

IRB: Growing Rugby across the globe via vision and leadership.

The IRB is driving the game forward at every level and not standing still; reaching into new markets such as South America, Asia, Russia and North America, reforming the international calendar, embracing new media, initiating positive law changes, supporting traditional and emerging nations with funding and strategic development, seeking the inclusion of Rugby Sevens into the Olympic programme and maximising the reach and impact of rugby’s key tournaments.

Key messages

Maintaining the values of the Game: In an age in which many traditional sporting qualities are being diluted, rugby is rightly proud of its ability to retain high standards of sportsmanship, ethical behaviour and fair play. Rugby’s cornerstones are, and always have been, the pleasure of participating; the courage and skill which the Game demands; the love of a team sport that enriches the lives of all involved; and the lifelong friendships forged through a shared interest in the game. We will never lose sight of the unique values that make up the DNA of rugby

Embracing change and innovation for the good of the Game: The Rugby community is working together to reform the global rugby calendar to ensure more integration between unions and clubs, promoting player welfare, fully integrating Argentina into the senior international calendar and creating a new competition structure to support emerging nations.

Seeking the inclusion of Rugby in the Olympic Programme: Sevens has a young demographic, a strong support base, is an exciting sport to broadcast, could take place in the first week of an Olympic Games when the main stadium is free, is already included in various Continental Games, is a sport with a very strong anti-doping record and offers smaller and emerging nations genuine medal potential.

The IRB is ideally placed to drive Rugby forward: Rugby, and the IRB, has come a long way in recent years but the journey is continuing and there is still some way to go. We have the vision, the people, the skills and resources to drive forward the Game’s popularity.


  • Okay all you activists out there, get yourselves to work. 😉

  • Comment 1, posted at 16.06.08 23:50:02 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©
  • Just this little extract from the “Rugby in the Olympic Games” article does it for me.

    What would it mean to Rugby

    Entry into the Olympic Games could prove to be the key to unlocking countries such as USA, Russia, China, and Germany where government funding of sport is largely dependent on Olympic Games participation. In all probability it would mean financial support, access to training facilities, academies, etc, and elevate the status of Rugby as a sport in these countries.

    An Olympic Games Sevens tournament – one for men and one for women – would be the pinnacle of the sport of Sevens Rugby. The Fifteens game already has the Rugby World Cup. Rugby Sevens would give smaller developing Unions in regions such as Asia, Oceania and Africa an unprecedented chance to compete and win medals. The best example is the fact that Fiji is the reigning Rugby World Cup Sevens champion.

  • Comment 2, posted at 16.06.08 23:54:05 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©
  • I could care less… Seven’s, S14, 3N, 6N, tests, Lions tour, RWC… there’s too much around already… besides after reading current RSA Olympic selection shenanigans I don’t want that pulling rugga down with it…

  • Comment 3, posted at 17.06.08 06:04:17 by bryce_in_oz Reply
  • Sevens would seem like the only realistic option. But do they need it?

  • Comment 4, posted at 17.06.08 07:52:08 by ra-cheltjie de' be-er Reply
  • Who will we send,the Emerging Boks??

  • Comment 5, posted at 17.06.08 08:49:57 by PJLD Reply
  • @ra-cheltjie de’ be-er (Comment 4) :

    I agree that 7s should be the rugby in the Olympics…..its fast pace and “viewer friendliness” to non-rugby spectators, the ability to run an entire tournament of a short space of time make it the code that should be in the Olympics.

    I am not in favour of have the 15 man code in the Olympics as, has been said above, we have to much rugby and you can’t have an event that is competing with the world cup for top position.

  • Comment 6, posted at 17.06.08 09:20:31 by Dive Pass Reply

    Dive Pass
  • I dont want rugby in the olympics. We have enough “big” competitions to worry about anyway. Imagine building for the world cup and then every two years building for the olympics.

    Dont the players at the olympics anyway need to be amateur?

  • Comment 7, posted at 17.06.08 11:29:23 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • Vin, that’s what I though, but then look at the tennis players and sprinters. 🙄

  • Comment 8, posted at 17.06.08 11:43:56 by Ollie Reply

  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 7) : That ‘rule’ was dropped in the 70’s I think.

  • Comment 9, posted at 17.06.08 11:47:38 by ra-cheltjie de' be-er Reply

  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 7) : depends on the code eg. boxers have to be amateur. Swimmers are pro.

  • Comment 10, posted at 17.06.08 13:54:07 by yossarian Reply


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