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Rugby Makes 2016 Olympics

Posted on: October 9, 2009

Denmark Olympic Congress

IOC President, Jacques Rogge delivers his speech after he won re-election as president of the International Olympic Committee

On Friday, October 9th, the International Olympic Committee voted for which sports should be added to the 2016 and 2020 Olympics.  Rugby was one of the two sports that was chosen, the other was golf.  Both sports have been played in the Olympics once before.  Rugby was last played in the 1924 Olympic games, and many people are very pleased to see it be reinstated once again.  “We were ecstatic and wanted to jump on the table, but we sort of restrained ourselves,” former New Zealand rugby player Jonah Lomu told The Associated Press.  Rugby will organize a four-day tournament, with seven players on a side (instead of the traditional 15 players a side).  There will be 12 men’s teams, and 12 woman’s teams competing.  Golf and Rugby won the vote, while five other sports did not- baseball, softball, squash, karate and roller sports.  The last time that golf was played in the Olympics was over a century ago, so it is a huge accomplishment for both sports.  The 2016 Olympic games will be held during the summer in Rio de Janeiro.

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