Rugby has been granted optional status at the 2020 National Sports Festival, making a return to the games.
The announcement was made on Thursday in Edo state, during the extra-ordinary meeting of the national council on Sports.
Rugby along with 23 other sports were granted the optional Sports Status, while 24 sports retained their “Compulsory” sports status.
Speaking on the importance of the declaration, Head Coach of Edo State Rugby, Mr. Ntiense Williams told brila.net that the news is “very sweet” because it comes as victory for advocates of the sport.
However, he said there had been several efforts in the past; to “lobby”, for Rugby’s return as a compulsory sport, but insists the optional sport status is a step in a positive direction.