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  • IRB Discussing Rugby Promotion; Japanese Government Weighs 2020 Coins


    IRB Meeting to Discuss Brazilian Rugby Promotion
    Brazilian rugby sevens team in action last January. (Getty Images)
    Dominic Rumbles, head of communications at the International Rugby Board, will hold meetings with Brazilian Rugby Union officials on the sidelines of the Rio 2016 World Press Briefing next week.

    Discussions will center on raising the profile and visibility of rugby sevens in the build-up to the sport’s Olympic debut in two-and-a-half years time.

    The IRB is said to be encouraged by the increase in popularity of rugby sevens globally.

    The men’s nine-tournament HSBC Sevens World Series, which kicked off in Australia last week, has gone from strength to strength since the concept launched in 1999.

    The women’s series has expanded to five tournaments in its second year. Brazil is a new competition destination on the 2013-14 tour. Dubai, USA, China and the Netherlands are the other host nations.

    Japanese Government Discusses Tokyo 2020
    Many of the proposals considered by the Japanese government were used for the 1998 Nagano Olympics. (Getty Images)

    With just under seven years until the Games, the Japanese Government is already meeting to discuss Tokyo 2020 plans.

    According to a report in Tokyo’s Yomiuri Shimbun, a “liaison committee” for the ministries and agencies working on the 2020 Olympics met at the Prime Minister’s office over the weekend to discuss ways of producing extra funding for the Games.

    The group decided on minting special coins for the Games, possibly introducing an Olympic lottery and issuing construction bonds.

    Proceeds from the lottery would go to infrastructure costs and construction on the National Stadium. Additionally, a system will be considered to encourage donations to help with construction.

    IOC Awards Broadcast Rights in New Zealand, Pacific Islands

    SKY Network Television Ltd will broadcast the 2014 and 2016 Olympics in New Zealand and Pacific Island territories.

    The IOC
    A total of 14 countries will get to see the 2014 and 2016 Olympics as part of the IOC’s broadcasting deal announced on Tuesday. (ATR)
    announced the deal on Tuesday in a statement.

    In addition to New Zealand, the Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Independent State of Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu were packaged in the agreement.

    IOC president Thomas Bach said in a statement that he was “delighted” with the deal.

    “With 13 medals, the New Zealand Olympic team enjoyed one of its strongest ever performances at London 2012,” he said. “We look forward to working with SKY to ensure that fans in the region will enjoy fantastic broadcast coverage of their athletes competing in Sochi and Rio.”

    Written by Ed Hula III, Mark Bisson, and Aaron Bauer.

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