The Zimbabwe Rugby Union president John Falkenberg and his deputy Colleen De-Jong are expected to attend the Confederation of African Rugby annual general meeting on the 13th of next month. The meeting which was initially intended to take place in Dakar, Senegal has now been relocated to Marcoussis in France according to CAR.
The meeting was moved based on strong recommendations from the International Rugby Board and the French Foreign Affairs Ministry following forecasts of Ebola surge, it was decided to change the venue although Senegal is currently not affected by the disease. As a precaution and so as to avoid any Ebola related risk. Africa’s governing body (CAR) Executive Committee has chosen to host this meeting in Marcoussis with the permission of the International Rugby Board.
CAR through a press statement extended its gratitude towards the French Rugby Federation for allowing the meeting to take place in France. “CAR wishes to thank the French Rugby Federation (FFR) for welcoming us and a special word of gratitude goes to its Chairman Mr Pierre Camou. Thus FFR is confirming the strong bounds between France and the 35 member unions of CAR” reads part of the statement.
The General meeting will take place on the 13th of December 2014 at the background of a full day of 3 workshops on the 12th focusing on best governance practices, Get Into Rugby program and CAR competitions. Before that, the CAR Executive Committee will convene for its last meeting in this term.
DeJong who is the local union’s executive vice president said the meeting presented a great opportunity for the Southern region country to report on the progress and challenges at have taken place since the current board’s tenure started.
“We are delighted to be part of this meeting as the ZRU, we received the invitation with a lot of appreciation as an association that is amongst the Confederation of African Rugby. We will also take this opportunity to learn on how other associations like us are managing and it would be great to learn more on general rugby administration. Unfortunately we don’t know as yet who the nominees are for the various executive Committee positions that we be available before voting is done” she said.
“I understand that the meeting will discuss amongst many other issues the development of the game of rugby in the continent. We will also get a chance as the ZRU to present to the Executive committee on the progress that we have made as a country from junior to senior level in the field of play” she added.
This will be an elective General Meeting and all the positions in the Executive Committee are up for renewal.