EOC AND RUGBY EUROPE ANNOUNCE THE INTRODUCTION OF RUGBY 7S IN THE EUROPEAN GAMES 2023
The European Olympic Committees (EOC) and Rugby Europe have announced the signature of an agreement for the organisation of the European Qualification tournament for the Olympic Games Paris 2024 as part of the European Games Krakow Malopolska 2023.
For the first time ever, Rugby Sevens will be included in the European Games, the continent’s premier multi-sport event developed and organised by the EOC.
The third edition of the European Games will take place in Krakow and the regions of Malopolska and Śląsk from 21st June to 2nd July 2023.
The stand-alone tournament will take place at the Henryk Reyman Stadium in Krakow, the host of this weekend’s Rugby Europe Men’s Championship Series Krakow 2022.
The tournament will deliver a single European ticket (one per gender) to the Olympic Games Paris 2024, with 24 teams (12 Men and 12 Women’s sides) battling it out for the chance to qualify.
The participants will be selected after the 2022 Rugby Europe Sevens Trophy and Championship Series and 2022/2023 World Rugby World Series in accordance with the Olympic Qualification System designed and approved by World Rugby and the IOC for the Olympic Games Paris 2024.
The final programme will be announced in due course.
Spyros Capralos, EOC President and IOC member, said: “We are delighted to welcome another Olympic sport onto the European Games programme and we look forward to seeing the continent’s best Sevens players trying to secure a place at the Olympic Games Paris 2024. Since its Olympic debut at Rio 2016, Sevens has gone from strength to strength and it is a sport that is really capturing the imagination of Europe’s youth, making it a perfect fit for the European Games. We’re very happy to be working in partnership with President Morariu and Rugby Europe and together we will deliver an unforgettable showcase of elite sport.”
Octavian Morariu, President of Rugby Europe and IOC member, said: “This partnership is a great achievement for Rugby Europe. Thanks to the EOC and the support of World Rugby, the Polish Rugby Union and the local authorities, Sevens rugby will have the opportunity to take centre stage once again. I would like to thank all the stakeholders who fully supported that the Qualifiers for the Olympics is included in a multisport event for the first time. This event will be a wonderful tournament for players and rugby fans.”