22 Jul 2015 17:40pm
WINDHOEK, 22 JUL (NAMPA) Property services provider Safland will sponsor a sevens rugby tournament on 25 and 26 September 2015 at the Hage Geingob Stadium in the capital.
Sevens rugby, also known as seven-a-side rugby, is a variant of rugby in which teams are made up of seven players, instead of the usual 15, with shorter matches.
World Rugby (WR), the body responsible for rugby unions worldwide, administers sevens rugby.
Safland has constructed properties such as the Grove Mall and Mutual Platz in Windhoek; the Rundu Shopping Mall; and Otjiwarongo Town Square.
Kallie van der Merwe, chief executive officer (CEO) of Safland Property Group Namibia, said at a media briefing in Windhoek on Wednesday the company has been very fortunate with its business in the last 10 years in Namibia and sponsoring this tournament is their way of giving back to the community.
The sevens rugby tournament will be divided into two categories international and clubs.
The international section will be used as preparation for 2016 Summer Olympics qualifiers that will be hosted in South Africa on 14 and 15 November.
Sevens rugby is now recognised as an Olympic sport and will make its debut in the 2016 Summer Olympics set to take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from 05 to 21 August 2016.
Namibia will compete with Poland, South Africa and Zimbabwe in the sevens tournament.
Kenya, Argentina and Brazil are still expected to confirm their attendance by next week.
In the club category, about 18 clubs from Namibia and South Africa are expected to compete in the event. Sixteen schools will also take part in the two-day tournament.
Speaking at the same event, Namibia Rugby Union (NRU) CEO Sybrand de Beer said Namibias sevens team will be fit to take part in the tournament.
We have a big World Cup squad. Of the 51 players, those who will not make it into the World Cup squad will be put in the sevens team that will participate in the tournament and the Olympics qualifiers.
We are positive that our team will be ready to compete with the visiting nations and hopefully help us qualify for the Olympics when they compete in the qualifiers in South Africa later this year, De Beer said.
The sponsorship amount was not disclosed.