The IRB is asking all Rugby players and supporters to assist in spreading the message that Rugby should be included in the Olympic Games.
How can you do this?
1. Read the article “Rugby in the Olympic Games” as it will give you the reasons why the IRB believes Rugby should be in the Olympic Games.
2. Read the Rugby Narrative below to understand the key messages the IRB has developed to promote Rugby and the IRB around the world.
3. Promote these ideals and statistics to your friends and promote them at every opportunity such as letters to newspapers and magazines
4. Respond to the IOC’s Virtual Olympic Congress , See below:
The IOC Virtual Olympic Congress
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is asking the general public for its views on how sport and the Olympic and Paralympic Games can play an even more important role in the world.
The IOC will consider these views at its Olympic Congress to be held in Copenhagen in October 2009.
We believe this is an ideal opportunity for the Rugby community to help put the case to the IOC as to why Rugby Sevens would be a valuable addition to the Olympic Games programme – not least as the IOC will decide any changes to the Olympic Sport Programme at the Copenhagen Session.
You can register your views via http://www.2009congress.olympic.org/ until 31 December 2008 on up to two of the following five core themes:
1: The Athletes
2: Olympic Games
3: The Structure of the Olympic Movement
4: Olympism and Youth
5: The Digital Revolution
We would draw your attention in particular to theme 2 which focuses on: how to keep the Games a premier event; Olympic values; and universality and developing countries and theme 4 which focuses on youth. We feel that Rugby Sevens can make a valuable contribution to the issues raised in these themes and would urge you to contribute to the IOC Virtual Congress and especially themes 2 and 4.
The Rugby Narrative
RUGBY: A unique sport defined by physical contact, respect & community.
It is because of, not despite, Rugby’s intensely physical characteristics that such great respect exists between players and officials.
Rugby stands alone in its ability to forge lifelong friendships, build teamwork, understanding and co-operation. It is a sport that enriches the lives of all those involved and the long standing tradition of players from competing teams enjoying each others company away from the pitch remains at the very core of the Game
IRB: Growing Rugby across the globe via vision and leadership.
The IRB is driving the game forward at every level and not standing still; reaching into new markets such as South America, Asia, Russia and North America, reforming the international calendar, embracing new media, initiating positive law changes, supporting traditional and emerging nations with funding and strategic development, seeking the inclusion of Rugby Sevens into the Olympic programme and maximising the reach and impact of rugby’s key tournaments.
Maintaining the values of the Game: In an age in which many traditional sporting qualities are being diluted, rugby is rightly proud of its ability to retain high standards of sportsmanship, ethical behaviour and fair play. Rugby’s cornerstones are, and always have been, the pleasure of participating; the courage and skill which the Game demands; the love of a team sport that enriches the lives of all involved; and the lifelong friendships forged through a shared interest in the game. We will never lose sight of the unique values that make up the DNA of rugby
Embracing change and innovation for the good of the Game: The Rugby community is working together to reform the global rugby calendar to ensure more integration between unions and clubs, promoting player welfare, fully integrating Argentina into the senior international calendar and creating a new competition structure to support emerging nations.
Seeking the inclusion of Rugby in the Olympic Programme: Sevens has a young demographic, a strong support base, is an exciting sport to broadcast, could take place in the first week of an Olympic Games when the main stadium is free, is already included in various Continental Games, is a sport with a very strong anti-doping record and offers smaller and emerging nations genuine medal potential.
The IRB is ideally placed to drive Rugby forward: Rugby, and the IRB, has come a long way in recent years but the journey is continuing and there is still some way to go. We have the vision, the people, the skills and resources to drive forward the Game’s popularity.Tweet