Kenya officially bids to host rugby sevens series
04 March 2014, 15:45
Nairobi - The International Rugby Board confirmed on Monday that Kenya is among 25
unions that formally confirmed their interest in hosting a round of the
popular HSBC Sevens World Series from the 2015/2016 season.
IRB Chairman Bernard Lapasset said:
“This unprecedented response truly reflects the enormous prestige and
appeal of Rugby Sevens in the global sporting market place ahead of our
Rio 2016 Olympic Games debut.”
“The submission features a blend of
interest from every continent and includes existing and emerging Rugby
markets. It reaffirms Rugby Sevens as a young, exciting and thriving
sport that is reaching out, engaging and inspiring new audiences around
"International Rugby Sevens is truly
competitive, showcasing great skill and speed to full, vibrant stadia
and strong and ever-growing global broadcast audiences and that is why
we believe that Rugby Sevens will be a great fit for the Olympic Games
and also why the Olympic Games will be great for Rugby.”
“We look forward to collaborating with each interested party as we look ahead to the next phase of the process.
Kenya Rugby Union Chairman Mwangi Muthee, speaking to local sports website Voiceofsport.net
said, "Everyone loves Sevens Rugby. I hope the world will find coming
to our country a unique experience and that we shall prove capable of
playing our part in developing rugby to more heights."
The deadline for tender submissions for
Unions interested in hosting Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018 is December 5,
2014 with IRB Council selecting the winning bid at its May 2015 meeting.
The deadline for formal tender submissions for hosting a Sevens World
Series tournament is set for June 27, 2014 and the 2015/16 Series hosts
will be selected by IRB EXCO in October 2014.
The dual process follows a detailed
strategic review of Rugby World Cup Sevens and the Sevens World Series
hosting models and key overall considerations include growing hosting
and participation opportunities for the 119 IRB Member Unions,
tournament format, increasing Sevens-related global commercial model
values, and for the series specifically, the number of events in the
The full list of Unions that have
expressed an interest to tender for IRB Sevens World Series 2015/16 is:
Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, England, Fiji,
France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Kenya, Netherlands, New Zealand,
Portugal, Russia, Scotland, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland,
United Arab Emirates, USA, Wales.