Sports ministry approves establishment of Egyptian Rugby Union
Egypt’s Minister of Youth and Sports Khaled Abdel-Aziz has officially approved on Sunday the establishment of the Egyptian Rugby Football Union (ERFU).
Abdel-Aziz also appointed the union’s board members, who will be responsible for the administration of the Egyptian rugby affairs. Hossam Mohamed Shaker was named as chairman of the union, which was granted an interim approval for one year.
The decision comes after the Egyptian Olympic Committee approved the declaration of the new union since the sport is recognised by the International Olympic Committee.
“Today marks a great step for Egyptian Rugby and for the Olympic sports in general in Egypt…Today is the crowning of an effort that started eight years ago trying to develop the sport and the players, spread the game in Egypt and marks our footstep in the international Rugby committee,” ERFU vice-president Hassan Khaled told KingFut.
“Immediately we had been granted a spot in the Egyptian Olympic games committee and received our office next to all other Olympic sports,” he added.
Osama Mohamed, Ahmed Mohamed Zakaria, Mohamed Ali Maher and Amr Mohamed Metwali have also been appointed as board members at the ERFU.
“We had our wins along the way with our participation in the CAR [Confederation of African Rugby] and helping establish the ARU [Arab Rugby Union], also hosting the African tournament and the first ever Arab tournament in Egypt, sending the first men and women national teams to compete in international tournaments.”
Khaled had previously told KingFut that the sport has been regularly practiced in Egypt since 2007. In 2016, Egypt hosted the first Arab Rugby 7s tournament, which saw Morocco defeat the home side in the final at El-Gouna Stadium.
“Today as we celebrate, we feel the great responsibility on our shoulders and the challenge we are taking with optimism and faith in a very bright future for the Egyptian Rugby nationally and internationally,” Khaled concluded.
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