Friday, September 26, 2008

Rugby Reaching Out for the Olympics

Last month the International Rugby Board attended the Beijing Olympics as an IOC recognized sports federation. This was as part of the ongoing proactive campaign to have rugby re-admitted into the Olympic Games. The Olympic Games, the world’s largest sporting stage, can provide the stimulus for the continued global development and growth of the game and its development in new and major economic markets.


As a key element of the campaign, the IRB has launched this short promotional film. Titled ‘Reaching Out’, the film showcases rugby’s compelling case for Olympic re-inclusion.




http://www.youtube.com/v/KjD6CCgWQVo&hl=en&fs=1

5 comments:

Piotr Jakubowski said...

Would Rugby take the shape of soccer's strategy of keeping the age of the team U23? Or would it be another stage on which the true world cup teams could play against one another?

Alex Delotch Davis said...

You say 're-admitted'. When was the last time rugby was included in the Olympics? Why has it been omitted?

Anonymous said...

The 1920s and the USA are the reigning gold medal holders.

Rugby in the Olympics would likely be 7s, not 15s. Shorter period of time needed, more countries could be included and less bodies are needed.

Kevin Roberts said...

Alex, rugby was included in several games before the 1924 Paris Olympics. When the US beat France for Gold, fans stormed the pitch and started a big brawl.So the USA are today's Reigning Olympics Champs!

Anonymous said...

Hopefully that doesn’t happen. I can’t think of another sport where excessive drinking and violence of the pitch is tolerated. Would that fit with the Olympic idea?