Rugby - Max Brito dies
Abidjan, Dec 27, 2022 (I.T) - A delegation from the Ivorian government, led by Ministry of Sports official Sylvain Koutouan and Côte d’Ivoire's Rugby Federation (FIR) president, travelled to France to show support and compassion to the family of rugby player Max Brito.
Max, then 27 years old, was part of the 1995 Ivorian squad in its first Rugby World Cup in South Africa. Unfortunately, following a tackle in the 3rd minute of play during the Elephants' third match against Tonga on that June 3rd, he suffered a spinal cord injury that left him paralyzed for life.
Following his death from a long illness due to the injuries, his family released this statement: “The Brito family, their children Mike and Anthony, are saddened to inform you of the death of Max. He passed away peacefully surrounded by his family. We thank the Olympic Biscarrosse club, for their unconditional support throughout these years, as well as all those who have always shown their affection and their support".
A final tribute to the ex-rugby player took place on Thursday, December 29, 2022. Côte d’Ivoire bestowed the champion to "Chevalier in the order of merit Sportif", in recognition of his invaluable contribution to rugby.
Passionate about rugby, the former winger of the Elephants was never denied his love for the oval ball. In 2015, with the help of former teammates and the Ivorian rugby league, he returned to Côte d'Ivoire to lay the foundations of a rugby 7s academy that bears his name. He will be sorely missed.