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Nigeria rugby protest All Africa Games decision

06 July 2015, 13:27

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.

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