Promoting sports & education values
This past weekend, December 5-7, 2019, Princess Charlene attended the 2019 Dubai Sevens Rugby tournament at the Sevens Stadium in Dubai, to support Monaco Impi’s rugby team, lead by South African born rugby union player Mathew Drew Turner.
The tournament, one of the world’s premier sporting events, is one of the rounds of the World Rugby Sevens Series, the annual international Rugby Sevens championship, and this year celebrated its 50th anniversary.
The Impi’s team, meaning “warriors” in Zulu, is composed of 3 Monegasque and nine other professional players: Sébastien Baldacchino (Monaco), Kaleem Barreto (Scotland), Pedro Miguel Da Cunha (Portugal), Dorian Danthez (Monaco), Divan Enslin (South Africa), Qamani Andrew Kota (South Africa), Kitione Taliga (Fiji), Peter Tiberio (U.S.A.), Ioan Tolosano (Monaco), Pio Tuwai (Fiji), and Tom Varndell (England).
(Photo: The Impi’s Team surrounded by Gareth Wittstock, General Secretary of the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation & the coaching staff @ Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation)
The Impi’s first matches were sealed by victories: 31-10 vs. the Northam Rhinos’ team; 22-5 vs. the X-Men; and 43-5 vs. Wyvern Harlequins, enabling them to advance to the quarter-finals that they won 47-0 vs. Krasnodar. Unfortunately, the team hopes were stopped at 12-15 vs. Speranza 22, in the semifinals.
The Foundation is grateful for the support of Activ5, Altrad, Anse du Portier, Cavalli Club Dubaï, G & M Design, JB Pastor & Fils, LIV, Luxury Plus Cars, Metabolic Balance and Nike.
The involvement of the Impi’s in the Dubai Rugby Sevens offers the opportunity to showcase the “Sport & Education” program implemented by the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation, promoting team spirit, generosity, sharing, solidarity and fair play.
“Sport has given me drive and discipline. It also taught me to remain humble.” Princess Charlene of Monaco