City in push to host IRB Sevens Series
THE CITY of Cape Town has thrown its weight behind Western Province Rugby’s bid to host the IRB Sevens World Series at Cape Town Stadium.
“We support WP Rugby in their bid to bring the IRB Sevens World Series to Cape Town, as it is in line with our strategy of promoting Cape Town as a world-class sports destination, and we also know how much Capetonians love their rugby,” the city’s mayor Dan Plato said yesterday.
“Our success as a host city for the 2010 Fifa World Cup has given us confidence that we can not only host a successful Sevens Series, but that we offer fans a unique Cape Town experience,” he said.
“We urge Capetonians to get behind WP Rugby and support them in their bid to bring us the Sevens Series.”
Sevens rugby has been part of the calendar in George for nearly a decade.
However, the SA Rugby Union’s contract with the Inter national Rugby Board comes to an end after the South African leg of the Sevens being hosted at Outeniqua Park, in George, this weekend.
Saru has decided to invite all its member unions to submit bids to host the event for the next five years, which means George could lose out to centres such as Cape Town, Port Elizabeth or Rustenburg.
The City of Cape Town said it would for mally support the WP Rugby bid and was committed to provide funding and municipal services for the hosting of the tournament.
“From humble beginnings, the IRB Sevens World Series has grown to a worldwide phenomenon now attracting huge crowds of more than 500 000 people and a television audience in about 140 countries, across six continents,” it said.
Hosting the event would strengthen partnerships between government departments, private and voluntary sectors and provide media, and marketing and tourism exposure for the city. It would also encourage participation in sport, boost development programmes, offer job and business opportunities and grow the volunteer movement and its experience.
“We will ensure that the Cape Town Stadium is filled to capacity every time,” said mayoral committee member Brett Herron. – Sapa