Rugby delight as Sevens confirmed for Paris 2024

Rugby delight as Sevens confirmed for Paris 2024
By Sportsbeat

16/09/2017 at 13:22Updated

Rugby sevens and the 27 other sports that featured at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games have been retained as part of the Paris 2024 programme.

Sevens made its spectacular debut at the Games last summer, with Great Britain's men's side walking away with a valiant silver medal with Fiji claiming gold.

In fact, six different nations accrued the six different medals, with this the most socially engaged rugby sevens event of all time, propelling the total fan base beyond 300 million.

Now the sport has a chance improve on those already heady figures after the decision was made to retain it for the 2024 Games, recently confirmed as coming to Paris.

Indeed every sport that took place in Rio will return in France, with World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont excited about what the next seven years have in store for the sport.

"World Rugby, like the entire global rugby family, is very excited by the decision, which represents a major milestone and opportunity for our sport," he said.

"I would like to thank the IOC President Thomas Bach and the IOC members for placing their continued trust in rugby, and our national member unions, players and passionate fans for making sevens the best it can possibly be.

"We continue to prepare for what promises to be a superb Tokyo 2020, congratulate Paris and look forward to working in full partnership with both organising committees and the IOC to ensure spectacular men's and women's Rugby 7s events."

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