Ottawa, Ontario – Rugby Sevens is coming to the 2025 Canada Summer Games in St.
John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador.
The St. John’s, N.L. 2025 Bid Committee has tapped Rugby Sevens as the Host Choice
sport for the Games. This marks the Canada Games debut for the men’s event, while the
women will kickstart competition in Niagara in 2022.

Rugby Sevens (Female & Male) joins the other sports previously selected to the 2025
Games program. They are:
● Artistic Swimming
● Athletics (including Para & Special Olympics)
● Baseball (Male)
● Basketball (Female & Male)
● Beach Volleyball (Female & Male)
● Canoe Kayak – Sprint
● Cycling – Mountain Bike
● Cycling – Road (including Para)
● Diving
● Sailing
● Soccer (Female & Male)
● Softball (Female & Male)
● Swimming (including Para & Special Olympics)
● Tennis
● Volleyball (Female & Male)
● Wrestling

The Canada Games Council Sport & Games Committee will select the final sport(s) by
early 2022 to round out the sport program for the 2025 Canada Summer Games.
For the initial selection, the Canada Games Council Sport & Games Committee adhered
to a transparent and objective sport selection process in which it analyzed all sports and disciplines that wished to be included in the 2025 Canada Summer Games. The total number of sports/disciplines selected for the Games are based on a participant quota
that each Games must follow. The 2025 Canada Summer Games will take place from August 8-24, 2025 in St. John’s,

“We want to thank the 2025 Bid Committee for their thoughtful consideration during the
selection process that will see Rugby Sevens added to the 2025 Canada Summer
Games. The Canada Games Council looks forward to working with the 2025 Host
Society and Rugby Canada to host successful Rugby Sevens’ competitions at the 2025
Canada Games.”
Catherine Gosselin-Despres, Chair, CGC Sport and Games Committee

“Our province has a long history of success with Rugby. Many great athletes have
excelled within this sport. We are thrilled that it will be highlighted during the 2025
Canada Games in the Rugby Sevens format.”
Kim Keating and Karl Smith, Co-Chairs, 2025 Canada Summer Games Bid Committee

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