Rugby Africa promotes women participation in the sport

RUGBY Africa in collaboration with South Africa Rugby Union hosted a three-day conference from February 19 to 21 in Cape Town, South Africa, under the theme: “Leading Women’s Development.”

MAMELO NKOMO
SPORTS CORRESPONDENT

Eight unions from Zimbabwe, South Africa, Tunisia, Kenya, Senegal, Uganda, Namibia and Madagascar will take part.

Zimbabwe Rugby Union provincial development officer Ruben Kumpasa said the main agenda of the conference was to develop and strengthen the growth of women’s rugby in Africa.

“The main agenda was to help unions about the planning project on how to increase participation of women in rugby. We were briefed on what World Rugby expects from unions.

“We want to meet our target by 2016,” Kumpasa said.

He indicated that rugby has been reintroduced as an Olympics sport hence it will be the first time for rugby to play in the Rio 2016 Olympics in Brazil and women will take part as well.

Kumpasa was delighted that Zimbabwe was represented at the conference saying the country was ready to deal with the challenges.

“It was an honour to be an ambassador of Zimbabwe, but I foresee some challenges considering that l am a man whose task is to develop the sport among women,” he said.

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