Daily Archives: August 14, 2009

IOC Recommends Sevens

The IOC (International Olympic Committee) has proposed that two new sports be added to the Olympics: golf, and rugby sevens. The final decision will be made in October, and if approved, the sports will be added to the 2016 Olympics (to be held in Chicago, Madrid, Tokyo or Rio de Janeiro). What other sports did golf and rugby beat out? Baseball, karate, roller sports, softball and squash. I think it would have been interesting to see squash in the Olympics, but I’m sure glad that rugby beat out “roller sports” – whatever that means. Rollerskating? Rollerblading? Skateboarding? [source]

Rugby sevens was chosen over rugby fifteens, which is the more common form of rugby union (rugby league is also an entirely different variation). As the name suggests, rugby sevens has only 7 players instead of the usual 15. The game is significantly shorter and has two 7-minute halves instead of the usual 40-minute halves. Scrums use only 3 players instead of 8, but the scoring still remains the same and the fewer number of players often makes it easier to learn how rugby union is played. You can read more about rugby sevens here.