Lagos - The Nigeria Rugby Federation (NRFF) has made a
formal protest to the Supreme Council for Sport in Africa after rugby was
removed from the list of events at this year’s All Africa Games (AAG).
Fasimoye Olatunji, NRFF’s technical director, told the
Guardian newspaper that removing rugby from the event would be detrimental to
the sport’s growth in Africa.
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“The Federation has been informed by the organizers of the
AAG that there will be no rugby in the championship,” he said.
“This development did not go down well with the federation
and we have written a protest letter.
“Participating in the championship will further assist in
developing the sport in Africa. We have put behind the result we got in the
African 1C hosted in Zambia.
“If not for some questionable calls made by the referee in
favour of the host country, who were desperate to host and win, the Black
Stallions would have won their two games and gained promotion to division 1B.”
Rugby has never been played at the All Africa Games
previously and was set to make its debut this year.
The sports was recently included in the Olympics as well and
will be played for the first time at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games.
The All Africa Games will take place from September 4 to
September 19 in Brazzaville, Congo.For
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