Rugby Africa with president Khaled Babbou has officially launched the #AfricaAsOne campaign, the Solidarity Cup 7s is said to help bring together their nations after the pandemic outbreak. He emphasized that “Rugby Africa’s commitment to delivering teams from their preparation games, all the way to international fixtures such as the Olympic Games and others”.
This tournament is set to help the African nations to prepare for their Olympic campaigns, so far only Kenya has qualified for the women’s Olympic Games category, while Tunisia and Madagascar still have chance in the last Olympic Repachage set to happen in Monaco this June. The Olympic Repechage is due to take place in Monaco on the 19th and 20th of June, with the Olympic games starting on the 29th to the 31st of July for Women.
Through the leadership of Rugby Africa these teams will help lead the Olympic teams to prepare for their respective campaigns.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, teams have had limited opportunities to participate in international events, thus why this tournament is a breakthrough for the continent. Although it is just a friendly match, they ware still able to to compete with the top teams from the continent to better gauge themselves for the bigger stage as they compete in high level.
On behalf of Société Générale, Pierre Caillaud, Head of Sports Sponsorship said, “We are happy to emphasize our support for the development of Women’s Rugby on the continent, through our participation as a sponsor for the Women’s Sevens Solidarity Camp. Société Générale and Rugby have a long history, over 30 years of commitment based on shared values: team-spirit and respect. Ever since, the partnership has continued to grow stronger and build initiatives at all levels, from grassroots to professionals, both locally and internationally.
Quick Facts: Women’s Sevens Solidarity Camp
- Dates: 29 April – 9 May
- Venue: La Maison du Rugby, Tunis, Tunisia
- Teams arrive: 29 April
- Tournament: 1&2 May, 7&8 May
- Teams: Kenya, Tunisia, Madagascar