USA Rugby will bid to host the 2018 Rugby World Cup Sevens after the sport’s governing body said the tournament would be integrated into the Olympic Games cycle.
Board Director Will Chang, a part owner of the San Francisco Giants baseball team, will lead the U.S. bid and visit Moscow this month to study the Russian capital’s hosting of the 2013 edition, which is scheduled for June 28-30, Boulder, Colorado-based USA Rugby said yesterday.
“Hosting this tournament will support our goals of developing the game and further its popularity in the United States,” Chang said in a statement. “We are looking forward to hearing more about the bid process and will do everything we can to ensure the 2018 Rugby World Cup Sevens will take place on United States soil.”
The Moscow event is the first edition of the four-yearly championship since sevens, a fast-paced game with eight fewer players per team than rugby union’s traditional format, was added to the Olympics program for the 2016 games in Rio de Janeiro. The Dublin-based International Rugby Board said yesterday that the next edition would take place in five years’ time in order for the tournament to be effectively integrated into the Olympic cycle.
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