The Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) has applauded the decision by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to recommend Rugby Sevens for inclusion in the Olympic Games.
The recommendation is set to be ratified by the full IOC Congress when it meets in October, with rugby expected to be part of the 2016 Olympic Games.
WRU Group Chief Executive, Roger Lewis, said: "The inclusion of Rugby Sevens in future Olympic Games would deliver a massive new audience to our game and help build the global reach of women's and men's rugby.
"The impact of the Olympic Games is phenomenal and rugby's inclusion would also help to sustain our support in its existing strongholds because the lure of winning an Olympic medal will inspire participation in sevens and fifteen a side rugby at all levels.
"Sevens is ideally suited to the Olympic ideal because it is a fast and condensed form of the sport with simple rules which newcomers can quickly understand.
"Here in Wales we are currently Rugby World Cup Sevens champions and I know we have the players to compete for inclusion in any team selected to represent the United Kingdom.
WRU chairman David Pickering, a member of the International Rugby Board (IRB) Council, said: "We've been working hard behind the scenes for several years to achieve this and it is an incredibly positive development for the game of rugby.
"In rugby we are already familiar with the concept of a Team GB through the British & Irish Lions so transferring that to Sevens would be an easy fit.
"I am certain that a UK team would instantly prove a great success and attract an important following.
"The inclusion of Rugby Sevens in the Olympic Games would also offer medal potential for smaller nations - many of whom have been increasingly successful in the IRB World Sevens Series - bringing a new Olympic dream alive for many of them," he said.