Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Germany, Hong
Kong, Russia, Scotland and the USA, have all submitted their
interest to tender for the Rugby World Cup Sevens 2013 tournament.
The strong level of tender interest is another
significant boost for Rugby Sevens at a time when the sport is
enjoying its highest ever profile following the International
Olympic Committee's decision to include the sport in the Olympic
Games, starting from 2016 in Rio de Janeiro.
"The International Rugby Board is delighted with
the phenomenal level of interest in hosting Rugby World Cup Sevens
2013," said Rugby World Cup Limited Chairman Bernard Lapasset.
"Rugby Sevens' winning formula of exciting,
explosive action, competitive matches, world class men's and
women's players and plenty of spectacular tries has proven a major
hit with commercial partners and broadcasters the world over,
while also proving highly successful in reaching out to new
"At a time when we look forward to the Olympic
Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016, such a strong level of interest
from countries across five continents clearly highlights the
global prestige of a tournament that has grown to become a major
event on the global sporting calendar," Lapasset added.
The eventual host of the 2013 tournament will
look to emulate this year's ground breaking event held in Dubai.
The first to feature a women's competition, Rugby World Cup Sevens
2009 pushed the boundary for Rugby Sevens once more, shattering
all previous broadcast records with the action reaching 141
countries through 29 international broadcasters in 19 languages.
"Rugby World Cup Sevens was a resounding success
on and off the field, breaking all previous hosting records. It
also highlighted the exponential growth across emerging markets
such as North and South America, Asia and Africa with the likes of
Kenya, USA, Argentina and Tunisia stamping their mark in the men's
tournament and Brazil, Uganda, Thailand and China shining in the
women's event," Lapasset said.
Tendering Unions for Rugby World Cup Sevens 2013
have been asked to follow the same format as the 2009 tournament
with 24 men's and 16 women's teams competing over two or three
RWCL has also recommended that tenders maintain
the blend of two pitches within one city, ideally co-located. This
will maximise the festival feel across the two competition pitches
and the integration between the men's and women's tournaments.
Unions have until 17:00 GMT on December 15, 2009
to formally confirm that they will tender for the tournament. The
Host Union for Rugby World Cup Sevens 2013 will be selected by the
IRB Council at its May 2010 meeting.
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