Colombia and Chile win Bolivarian rugby gold

(IRB.COM) Wednesday 20 November 2013
 Colombia and Chile win Bolivarian rugby gold
Colombia were one of seven nations taking part in the historic first Bolivarian Games for rugby

Rugby made an historic first appearance over the last few days at the Bolivarian Games in Peru's Chiclayo, with Chile and Colombia striking gold.

Colombia's women beat Venezuela to claim top spot, and Chile defeated Colombia in extra time to win gold in the men's competition.

Peru hosted the 17th edition of the Games with the Sevens competitions for both men and women played on a new artificial surface at the Colegio Nacional Emblemático San José de Chiclayo school.

In all, around 5,000 athletes from 11 nations participated across 43 sports in the multi-sport event, which was inspired by the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, with the idea to foster unity among the Bolivarian countries through sport.

As well as being a notable first for the region, the staging of a first ever rugby competition will also help to build strong foundations for the future.

"This event will carry wonderful legacy for rugby in Peru, with the Ministry of Education and Regional Government set to install a full-time coach in Chiclayo to welcome new players to the game and develop them at all ages," said Santiago Ramallo, the IRB's Regional Development Manager for South America.

"This Bolivarian Games will also help to revamp the competition in northern Peru, with this new pitch being built in the middle of existing clubs in Piura, Trujillo and Cajamarca."