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Rugby Sevens Added to 2025 Canada Summer Games Sport Program

Rugby Sevens Added to 2025 Canada Summer Games Sport Program

May 18, 2021

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)



Soccer (Female & Male)

Softball (Female & Male)

Swimming (including Para & Special Olympics)


Volleyball (Female & Male)


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, N.L.

"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


About the Canada Games Council

The Canada Games Council, a private, non-profit organization, is the governing body for the Canada Games. Held once every two years, alternating between winter and summer, the Canada Games represent the highest level of national competition for up and coming Canadian athletes. The Games have been hosted in every province at least once since their inception in Quebec City during Canada’s Centennial in 1967. The Games are proud of their contribution to Canada’s sport development system, in addition to their lasting legacy of sport facilities, community pride and national unity. The organization of the Canada Games is made possible through the tireless dedication of local Host Societies and the contribution and support of the federal, provincial/territorial and host municipal governments.

We would like to acknowledge that the land on which we work is the traditional territory of the Algonquin Anishinabek People, whose footsteps have shaped this land since time immemorial.

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