Hong Kong Rugby Football Union (HKRFU) Chairman
Mr Trevor Gregory has been elected President of the Asian Rugby
Football Union (ARFU).
Commenting on his appointment Mr Gregory,
who has served as an ARFU Executive Committee member for six years
including four as Vice President, said: “It is a great honour for
me personally and for the Hong Kong Rugby Football Union to be
nominated and elected by my peers in the Asian Rugby family to
represent Asia as the President of ARFU. Particularly, at this
most exciting time for the Game in the region.”
Mr Gregory will assume the post with immediate
effect, replacing outgoing President Thailand’s Adisek Hemyoo, who
stepped down after four years in the role.
Other ARFU appointments include that of Mr Low Teo Ping, President of the Singapore Rugby
Union as ARFU Vice President, and Mr Asanga Seneviratne, President
of the Sri Lanka Rugby Football Union, as Honorary Secretary
General. Mr Seneviratne is replacing Mr Ross Mitchell, who is
stepping down after six years in the post.
Mr Mike Haynes, HKRFU Director of Youth, has
also been elected as the new Honorary Treasurer, replacing Mr Dermot
Agnew who has stepped away from ARFU after serving as Honorary
Treasurer for twenty years.
Mr Aga Hussain, Vice President of the Indian
Rugby Football Union, Mr Qais Abdulla Al Dhalai, Secretary General
of the United Arab Emirates Rugby Federation, and Mr Yuichi Ueno
of the Japan Rugby Football Union have been elected to the ARFU
Executive Committee in Cambodia. All elected officials serve an
initial two-year term.
From the 2014 Annual
General Meeting of ARFU, scheduled to take place in Dubai, the
Executive Committee will be expanded from ten to twelve, with one of
the positions reserved for a female representative.
ARFU has trebled its membership in the past
decade alone, and now has 28 Members, sixteen of which are full
IRB members while six are associate IRB members.
The Indonesia Rugby Union (Persatuan Rugby Union
Indonesia) and the Brunei Rugby Union are the most recent ARFU
members to receive this status in November 2013 with Indonesia
becoming a full IRB member and Brunei becoming an associate
Four potential new members are also in the
process of applying to join ARFU including Bangladesh, Nepal,
Tajikistan and Vietnam.
“With 60% of the world’s population and 80% of
the world’s youth but less than 6% of the rugby playing population
of the world, Asia is a region that the International Rugby Board
is working with closely to grow the game at every level from
grassroots through to high performance,” said Mr Gregory. “With the first Rugby World Cup to be held in
Asia in Japan in 2019, we are committed to leveraging this
platform to further catalyse growth and positioning ARFU as a
leader in the game for both men and women.”
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