2024 Olympic Games

  • IOC To Recommend Rugby Continues For 2024 Olympics

    World Rugby have expressed their appreciation for the IOC Executive Board’s recommendation to retain all 28 sports that featured at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games for the 2024 Olympic Games programme (to be held in Paris or Los Angeles). The recommendation, which will be considered at IOC session in Lima, Peru in September, is an endorsement for rugby sevens, which was considered as one of the stand-out highlights on debut at the Rio Games. World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont said: “While the IOC...

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  • Lapasset To Stand Down

    World Rugby chairman Bernard Lapasset has confirmed that he will not be seeking re-election in May and will step down to focus on his role as co-chairman of the Paris 2024 Olympic bid. The Frenchman, who was elected chairman of the global governing body back in 2007 after chairing the organizing committee of the 2007 World Cup prior to that, informed his World Rugby executive committee colleagues of his decision in Dublin on Wednesday morning. Lapasset also previously served as president of the...

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  • Italy Withdraw From 2023 Bidding Process

    Italy’s governing body, FIR has withdrawn its application to host Rugby World Cup 2023 as a direct consequence of Rome’s withdrawal from bidding for the 2024 Olympics. The Italian rugby federation (FIR) said the two bids had been closely linked and it was not possible to carry on. "As it has always been closely connected to that of the Olympic Games of Rome 2024, the candidacy for the 10th edition of the Rugby World Cup has no more conditions to continue," said FIR president Alfredo Gavazzi....

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  • Olympic Stadium Could Host Five World Cup Games

    The Olympic Stadium is set to host as many as five fixtures at the 2015 Rugby World Cup, it emerged on Wednesday night, according to The Telegraph. The London 2012 centrepiece is at the heart of the match schedule ­submitted by England 2015 for approval by the International Rugby Board, demonstrating just how crucial the stadium has become for ­tournament organisers since they were given more time to secure the ­venue’s inclusion. Staging five Games at the iconic arena would help to solve t...

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  • Olympic Stadium joins 2015 RWC Shortlist

    London’s Olympic Stadium may be used to host matches during the 2015 Rugby World Cup. The company who manage the venue, the Olympic Park Legacy Company (OPLC), has submitted an application for it to be used during the tournament. After the Games, the stadium is to be downsized from its current capacity of 80,000 to 60,000 and will act as a multi-use arena. It is still unknown who will be primary tenant for the ground, the decision is due to be announced by the OPLC after the event has finished...

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  • Firm In Threat To Disrupt Olympic Stadium Games

    A company that helped to refit the Olympic Stadium has threatened to make it “unusable” for the rest of the Rugby World Cup after not being paid for the work, according to The Telegraph. Gallowglass, run by the former Scotland full-back Nick Grecian, warned that it planned to sneak into the £700 million venue and remove materials essential for the functioning of its retractable seating. The plot has been hatched in a bid to force the stadium owners to honour a payment of £712,000 to the...

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  • Durban Games Withdrawal May Cast A Shadow on RWC2023 Bid

    The withdrawal of Durban, South Africa as the host city for the 2022 Commonwealth Games presents the prospect of a UK city stepping in as a replacement for an event where rugby sevens has become a contributing force. More significantly for rugby perhaps, that financial constraints and lack of government backing were quoted as the main factors preventing the Durban organisers from progressing, casts a shadow on South Africa’s bid for RWC2023. David Grevemberg, chief executive of the Commonwealt...

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  • Beaumont To Stand For World Rugby Presidency

    ... canvassing support for his campaign since before the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England, according to reports in Sportcal. It remains unclear whether Lapasset will stand for a third term as he also has responsibilities as co-chairman of Paris' bid to host the 2024 Olympic Games but reports in France this week indicate that he will announce that he is standing down at a World Rugby council meeting in Dublin on March 1. Beaumont lost narrowly to Lapasset by 14 votes to 12 in the first round of votin...

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  • Vaughan makes way for Jevans at ER 2015

    Debbie Jevans, currently Director of Sport at The London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG), will become the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of England Rugby 2015 in October. She replaces Paul Vaughan who stepped aside by mutual consent. She starts in October. ER 2015 Board Member and RFU CEO Ian Ritchie said, “Debbie is acknowledged as one of the architects of the London 2012 Olympics, which has clearly been a massive success. Her proven track record in deliver...

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  • Beaumont & Pichot Uncontested For World Rugby Leading Roles

    ... put forward. Bill Beaumont (RFU) has been nominated for the position of chairman by his union to succeed Bernard Lapasset, who is not seeking re-election. Lapasset announced he would not be seeking re-election in order to lead Paris's bid to host the 2024 Olympic Games. Meanwhile, Agustín Pichot (UAR) has been nominated by his union for the position of vice-chairman to succeed Oregan Hoskins, who is also not seeking re-election. In accordance with the bye-law, both nominations were proposed an...

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