Rugby League World Cup: Organisers admit 'vital challenges threaten' occasion

Rugby League World Cup: Organisers admit 'vital challenges threaten' occasion

Jon Dutton was appointed chief government of the Rugby League World Cup in August 2017

There are “vital challenges that threaten” the Rugby League World Cup being staged as scheduled later this 12 months, organisers have admitted.

Australia and New Zealand have pulled out of the event, to be hosted in England, citing “participant welfare and security considerations” associated to Covid-19.

Jon Dutton, chief government of the occasion, says “additional pressing discussions” are wanted.

He added they’ll concentrate on “correcting misinformation”.

Following an emergency assembly of the occasion’s board on Wednesday, Dutton stated it is going to discover what urge for food there may be to go forward as deliberate with the occasion, which is scheduled to kick off in October.

Melbourne Storm and Queensland prop ahead Christian Welch, who can also be a director of the Rugby League Gamers’ Affiliation, says gamers weren’t consulted earlier than reigning champions Australia, the 11-time winners, and New Zealand, who lifted the trophy as soon as, in 2008, withdrew final week.

“The board have instructed myself and the RLWC2021 group to proceed to carry additional pressing discussions with all stakeholders, significantly the gamers, geared toward correcting misinformation in addition to measuring the sentiment on continuing with the event,” Dutton stated in an announcement.

“Whereas the board reiterated the dedication to ship the most important and best-ever Rugby League World Cup in historical past, they’re additionally sensible concerning the vital challenges that threaten that ambition.”

Dutton additionally stated the board “recognise the necessity to deliver readability and certainty to the scenario”, including it has been in common contact with the UK authorities, saying its assist has been “invaluable”.

Talks are additionally ongoing with gamers about “extraordinary measures” being undertaken to guard their wellbeing, whereas competing nations are being briefed to allow them to “absolutely perceive any new or growing points that can stop them travelling to England in October”.

Organisers additionally confirmed that they’re in talks with the sport’s international governing physique, Worldwide Rugby League, about alternative groups and “the implications” of Australia and New Zealand’s withdrawal.

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