The International Olympic Committee
Executive Board has recommended Rugby Sevens as one of two sports
for inclusion in the Olympic Games.
Rugby Sevens secured its recommendation in the
second round of voting, obtaining the 50% plus one majority
required with nine of the 14 votes. Five further rounds of voting
ensued before the Executive Board confirmed golf as the second
In October, the IOC Members will vote in
Copenhagen on the two sports individually with a straight majority
required for Olympic Games' inclusion from 2016.
Bernard Lapasset, President of the International
Rugby Board, said,
“We would like to thank the IOC Executive Board for selecting
Rugby Sevens from what are seven strong and diverse sports. We recognise the significance of this milestone in our campaign but
are also mindful that the ultimate decision rests with the IOC
members when they meet in Copenhagen on October 9, 2009.
“The Olympic Games would be the pinnacle of the sport for all our
athletes and the rugby family, providing the opportunity for the
best men’s and women’s players in the world to showcase their
talent on the world’s greatest sporting stage. The international
Rugby community is united behind Rugby Sevens’ campaign and we now
look ahead to October.”
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