His Excellency Dr. Ahmad Belhoul Al Falasi, UAE Minister of State for Entrepreneurship and SMEs, Vice President of the National Olympic Committee, Chairman of the Executive Office and the President of UAE General Authority of Sport met with the World Rugby Chairman Sir Bill Beaumont His Excellency Qais Al Dhalai President of Asia Rugby to discuss means of enhancing bilateral cooperation to boost the progress of rugby in the UAE, the region and globally.
Dr. Al Falasi was briefed by the visiting guests on the key programmes and initiatives run by the World Rugby and Asia Rugby to support the sport at all levels.
Al Falasi praised the significant progress seen by rugby in the United Arab Emirates in terms of facilities and infrastructure, which serves the sports movement and renders the UAE the perfect venue option for hosting international and continental games in all disciplines.
“The NOC, under the presidency of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, is keen to support the development of all sports as well as sportsmen and women.
The sport of rugby in the UAE has made rapid progress under the leadership of the board of the international federation, which is keen on supporting the UAE’s efforts in promoting the game among all segments of society.
The development of the sport in the UAE is underlined by the historic feat of winning the West Asia Rugby Sevens Tournament for men and women held in Doha, Qatari,” said Al Falasi
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The visitors were briefed about the UAE’s preparations for sending the largest delegation to Tunisia for the 7th Arab Men’s Rugby Championship, and the 2nd Women’s Rugby Championship during February 25-26 with 7 men’s teams and 4 women’s teams will taking part in the championship.
Engineer Azza Bint Sulaiman, Assistant Secretary-General for Administrative and Financial Affairs of the National Olympic Committee, Mohammed bin Darwish, Executive Director of the National Olympic Committee and Alan Gilpin the Chief Executive Director of World Rugby were in presence as well.