Wales bid to host Rugby World Cup Sevens
June 13, 2013
Wales celebrate winning the 2009 Rugby World Cup Sevens title in Dubai © Getty Images
The Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) are preparing to join the race to host the 2018 Rugby World Cup Sevens.
The showpiece of the shortened version of the game was set to be scrapped following the latest tournament in Moscow later this month as a result of the sport's return to the Olympic programme in Rio in 2016. But the International Rugby Board announced this week that it would be retained and integrated into the Games cycle - a move that has since sparked hosting interest from the USA and Singapore with further reports linking France and Argentina to a bid.
The WRU has now added its name to the list with the aim of building on Wales' surprise success at the 2009 Rugby World Cup Sevens in Dubai. WRU group chief executive, Roger Lewis said: "Major sporting events around the world are so important in defining a country in terms of its culture, its value and its beliefs. The economic benefits of global sporting events for host nations are considerable.
"We have got eight games in the 2015 Rugby World Cup, we are bidding for the European Cup Finals next year and we are preparing a bid for the 2018 IRB Rugby World Cup Sevens to come to Cardiff. The impact of these great rugby occasions will be felt on and off the field.
"We go to Moscow in a few weeks' time as the holders of the Rugby World Cup Sevens which we won in Dubai in 2009 and that will be an amazing event for the Russian capital. The eyes of the world will be on Russia and I want to bring that focus to Cardiff and Wales in 2018."
In related news, Hong Kong has ruled itself out of hosting what would be a third tournament following those in 1997 and 2005 with officials insisting it would present "a difficult challenge" to host two international tournaments in the city that year - the Hong Kong Sevens.
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