Sev­ens gets green light for 2024 Olympics

Fiji Sun - - Sport - – World Rugby

Lima: The de­ci­sion, taken by the In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee mem­ber­ship at the IOC Ses­sion in Lima yes­ter­day, rat­i­fies the ear­lier rec­om­men­da­tion of the IOC ex­ec­u­tive board and is an­other com­pelling en­dorse­ment of rugby sev­ens, which made a spec­tac­u­lar de­but at Rio 2016.

Dur­ing six ac­tion-packed days, the world’s top men’s and women’s sev­ens stars in­spired a new gen­er­a­tion of fans and par­tic­i­pants world­wide with a re­cent Nielsen re­port high­light­ing a 16.8 mil­lion fan-base lift in six sur­veyed mar­kets fol­low­ing Rio, while the to­tal world­wide fan-base has pro­pelled to more than 300 mil­lion. It was the most so­cially en­gaged rugby sev­ens event of all time. And with the de­ci­sion be­ing uni­ver­sally sup­ported, the global rugby fam­ily has taken to so­cial me­dia to mark the rec­om­men­da­tion us­ing the #Rug­by7s, ex­press­ing ex­cite­ment and look­ing for­ward to a trip to Paris in 2024. World Rugby chair­man, Bill Beau­mont said: “World Rugby, like the en­tire global rugby fam­ily, is very ex­cited by to­day’s de­ci­sion, which rep­re­sents a ma­jor mile­stone and op­por­tu­nity for our sport.

“I would like to thank the IOC pres­i­dent Thomas Bach and the IOC mem­bers for plac­ing their con­tin­ued trust in rugby, and our na­tional mem­ber unions, play­ers and pas­sion­ate fans for mak­ing sev­ens the best it can pos­si­bly be.

“We con­tinue to pre­pare for what prom­ises to be a su­perb Tokyo 2020, con­grat­u­late Paris and look for­ward to work­ing in full part­ner­ship with both or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tees and the IOC to en­sure spec­tac­u­lar men’s and women’s rugby sev­ens.”

Bill Beau­mont.

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