The Confederation of African Rugby's Africa Cup Sevens was launched in Mombasa, Kenya on Wednesday 3 April 2013.
The tournament will be held at the Mombasa Sports Club on 27/28 April.
Speaking during the official launch, KRU Chairman Mwangi Muthee said, "We made a promise as a union to develop rugby within the regions. That is the reason why we are bringing this competition to Mombasa. We want to make sure that every region gets to host international rugby competitions.
"It's upon the Coast Rugby Union and the people of Mombasa to take ownership of this competition and make it a success. We must show the world that we can host international competitions outside Nairobi. We call upon all corporate bodies based within Mombasa who would like to be part of this event to come forward and work with the Kenya Rugby Union, and the Coast Rugby Union as I am sure they will get value for what they invest in."
Michael Otieno, the Rugby Services Manager at the KRU gave a synopsis of the tournament, saying, "C.A.R. are using this tournament to develop the game within the region and also boost Africa's chances of more participation at the 2016 Olympics. The top four teams at the end of the 2014/2015 Sevens World Series will earn automatic qualification to the Rio games, and we are hoping that Kenya and South Africa are amongst the top four, creating more chances for other African sides to qualify."
Ray Dawa, Director in charge of the Coast Rugby Union and Chairman of the Tournament Organizing Committee thanked the KRU for granting his region the hosting rights, saying, "We look forward to hosting this event, and as a pioneer sub union, intend to make it an annual event and something that can be emulated by other sub regions."
Tournament Director Godwin Karuga said the event will be attended by twelve teams divided into three pools of four teams each. He said, "All teams will play three games on day one, and will be reseeded at the end of the pool phase. The teams in positions one to eight will proceed to the main cup quarters, with the the winners proceeding to the cup semis while the quarter losers drop to the plate semis."
Africa Cup Sevens Pools