— Published 3 December 2020

Africa helps its federations

In exceptional circumstances, emergency measures for African rugby. The continental body of the discipline, Rugby Africa, announces that it has released a special fund intended to support national federations to resume their activities in 2021. It amounts to 276,490 euros. No less than 11 of Rugby Africa’s 39 member federations (Namibia, Kenya, Uganda, Tunisia, Zimbabwe, Algeria, Zambia, Madagascar, Ivory Coast, Senegal and Ghana) will be able to benefit from this financial assistance. The Rugby Africa Executive Committee has determined two criteria for the allocation of funds. The first – 40% of the funds – concerns development (assessment of the strength and level of development of national competitions and of the human support to develop clubs and leagues). The second – 60% of funds – depends on the level of performance. It is based on the participation and results of Rugby Africa federations during the 2018 or 2019 season, the Rugby Africa Cup (men and women), the Sevens tournament (men and women), and the Barthès Trophy U20. Depending on their score, the federations can receive aid ranging from 5,027 to 43,736 euros. This fund is different from the emergency solidarity aid, totaling 117,000 euros, paid this year by Rugby Africa to 31 of its federations.