Asia Rugby’s Council Meeting and Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held on Sunday 29th of November 2020 via Zoom application with full house attendance.
Both meetings were chaired by Asia Rugby President Mr. Qais Al Dhalai with an attendance from World Rugby’s personnel the Head of Development and International Relations and the Services Manager for Asia.
Asia Rugby AGM entailed an election for one female position for World Rugby Representative followed by six Executive Office members, the audited consolidated financial statements were adopted as well.
Furthermore, Council has unanimously decided to feature new options of financial auditors for the current financial year onwards.
Asia Rugby CEO, Mr Johny Stavrinou commented “I am grateful to the Asia Rugby Members for embracing Asia Rugby’s stance to enhance the use of modern technology for some of our Governance Processes which lead a smooth, and transparent election of the candidates who stood for election, and the smooth running of the Council Meeting, all of which were compliant to our Articles and Regulations”
Asia Rugby EXCO Election
In a historical milestone, Asia Rugby Council elected two female members on the Executive Committee (EXCO); Ms Ada Milby who will continue her role as World Rugby Council Member and Ms Nahid Biyarjomandi from Iran who will sit at the regional Executive Committee.
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Furthermore, five other members were elected to EXCO, Mr Chen Yingbiao from China, Mr Ghassan Hajjar from Lebanon, Mr Kakhramon Djalilov from Uzbekistan, Mr Sunghoon Park from South Korea and Mr Sahapol Polpathapee from Thailand.
Asia Rugby President Mr Qais Al Dhalai
Asia Rugby President Mr Qais Al Dhalai in his words to the Council welcomed the new members Cambodia, Iraq and Palestine and also congratulated Afghanistan Rugby for reaching Full membership.
He further congratulated Jordon, Qatar and Nepal for joining World Rugby as Associate Members and finally Iran and Lao for obtaining the full membership of World Rugby.
He further committed his support for other unions in Asia to help them achieve their next milestone as well as facilitating the growth of the game across Asia.
He also stated Asia Rugby’s achievement to reach 15% female representation at the Executive Committee; aiming at 33% in the coming 2 years as advised by IOC President.
After updating the Council of important achievements of the year the President concluded his address by “I will maintain my long-standing principles of Equality, Transparency and Accountability” he further added “Rugby unites communities and cultures so let’s keep our Asia Rugby Motto “We can do better but TOGETHER”