De Jong relishes new role

HARARE - Zimbabwe Rugby Union vice president Collen De Jong is elated to have been elected into the Confederation of Africa Rugby (Car) executive committee saying such a development is a sign of the growth of local rugby.

De Jong was last week Saturday elected into executive committee along with Bradley Basson of Namibia.

The committee consists of Botswana’s David Gilbert as vice-president, South Africa’s Mervin Green South Africa as secretary general and Marcellin Zahui of Ivory Coast as the treasurer.

Guédel N'Diaye of Senegal, Khaled Babbou of Tunisia and Kenya’s Richard Omwela are executive members.

“I am honoured and humbled to represent Zimbabwe Rugby at this level and very grateful for the confidence shown in our ability and commitment to playing a major part in the sport on the continent,” DeJong said.

“To have our (Zimbabwe) rugby community’s efforts and performance recognised in such a way is an honour. I look forward to representing my country in this forum and to working with Rugby Afrique for the continued development and performance of the game in Africa.”

The newly elected executive committee will be headed by incumbent president Abdelaziz Bougja, who was re-elected by a large majority.

In a press statement yesterday, ZRU outlined the details of Car general assembly that took place last week.

“On Saturday, December 13th, the Confederation of African Rugby (Car) gathered in Marcoussis, France, for its 2014 general assembly meeting. This year, the general assembly took place in two parts with first of all an Extraordinary Assembly,” read the statement.

“In keeping with IRB policy which only last month was officially renamed World Rugby, Carproposed a vote to decide on the new name of the association; Rugby Africa was unanimously voted.

“The new logo, as well as the new website was also presented.

“During this Assembly Abdelaziz Bougja incumbent president, was re-elected by a large majority and will again be at the head of the association for the next four years.

“The second part of the meeting - the ordinary general assembly - was the opportunity to confirm several decisions and projects. First of all Rugby

“Africa welcomed new nations of the oval ball. Lesotho, Guinea, Malawi and Sierra Leone were accepted as new members of the organization.

“Other federations had also applied for membership, but their applications will be reviewed at a later stage as more work is still needed right now.

“With new countries on board, the number of competitions might increase and the number of players is definitely growing.

“Therefore, the executive committee decide to establish a medical committee which will officiate during all the African competitions and which will insure prevention measures are taken and players are properly prepared.”

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