Interestingly, after my last post, the following article was forwarded to me by a reader. Please register yourself to the site listed below and have your say for rugby to be included in the Olympics. Don’t let the those yanks dictate what sports should the world play. (baseball and softball … volleyball and beach volleyball …duh gimme my Duff!)
Let us help IRB promote the game in the Olympics .…. YOU CAN DO IT!
The IRB is asking all Rugby players and supporters to assist in spreading the message that the sport of Rugby should be included in the Olympic Games. The successful re-introduction of Rugby into the Olympic Games is an objective of the Strategic Plan for the Game as agreed by all Member Unions.
The IRB believes the ideal form of Rugby for Olympic inclusion is Rugby Sevens which has a proven and very successful record in similar multi-sports Games such as the Commonwealth Games. The IOC will vote on which sports to include in the Olympic Games in Copenhagen, Denmark in October 2009.
The key messages that we believe are important and highlight why Rugby should be in the Olympic Games are:
- Rugby reinforces the ideals of Olympism, thanks to Rugby’s long-standing ethos of fair play and friendship
- Rugby Sevens would reach a new and young audience, including Rugby’s 3 million players in 116 countries and the tens of millions of fans worldwide
- Rugby Sevens does not need a purpose built stadium and would fill the Olympic Stadium in the first week of competition, adding an additional vibrant and youthful tone for the Games
- Rugby Sevens would extend the number of potential medal-winning nations in what would be a true world championship. Countries that could aspire to Olympic success in Rugby include Fiji, Samoa, Argentina, South Africa, Kenya and New Zealand.
- Rugby would increase funds to grow the Olympic Movement, by attracting new commercial partners and spectators. At the same time Rugby would enjoy increased funding and access to facilities from National Olympic Committees as an Olympic sport.
Presently we are providing a lot of information to the IOC on why Rugby should be reintroduced to the Olympic Games and you can assist Rugby with this ambition.
How can you do this?
Respond to the IOC’s Virtual Olympic Congress at http://www.2009congress.olympic.org/. (please click here, register and follow the following instructions ….)
The International Olympic Committee is asking the general public all around the world for feedback as its progresses its plans for the future of the Olympic Games. The IRB believes that future should include Rugby. The IOC has created a specific website called the Virtual Olympic Congress to record this feedback between now and December 31 this year.
The online process for submitting information on this website is very cumbersome but we ask you to persevere with it as we believe it is important that the IOC hears from the Rugby family. To help you here is some information on the online feedback process:
1. Please register and accept the General Conditions
2. Once you have done this you will be asked to comment on two of the five core themes:
- The Athletes
- Olympic Games
- The Structure of the Olympic Movement
- Olympism and Youth
- Digital Revolution.
3. We believe the best places to place your thoughts are: the “Olympic Games” ; and “Olympism and Youth”. Before adding your online contribution you might like to read the five points above again, and read the IRB’s Olympic magazine “Drive” and “Rugby in the Olympic Games”
4. Under “Olympic Games” there are three sub topics. Please add your contribution in the forms that are provided for each topic
5. Under Olympism and Youth there are three sub topics: Please add your contribution in the forms that are provided for each topic
Another way of promoting Rugby’s inclusion in the Olympic Games is to write to or contact your National Olympic Committee. Remember to ask the NOC to forward your comments to the IOC members within that country.
Download the IRB’s Olympic brochure here:-