After discussion with the two concerned federations, Asia Rugby has taken the prudent and difficult decision to postpone the eagerly anticipated Asia Rugby Division 3 West Championship, which was scheduled to take place from the 30th of September to 3rd of October 2022 in Tehran, Iran.
Reigning Division 3 West champions Qatar were scheduled to arrive in Iran’s capital on the 29th September for the two test series against the host country. Due to the current unstable situation on the ground and to ensure the welfare of all concerned players, match officials and organisers, and to ensure the event runs smoothly, all stakeholders agreed to postpone the tournament.
The Asia Rugby Competitions Committee met on Thursday 29th September to discuss the matter and make recommendations to Asia Rugby Executive Committee to take a decision on finding the best solution for this competition to go ahead and to give both teams the opportunity to qualify for a play-off tournament comprises of the three winners from various sub-regional Division 3 for a winner to be promoted to Asia Rugby Division 2 Championship in the year 2023.
The decision was taken yesterday in agreement with Iran Rugby Association that the situation on the ground will be monitored for the next 2 weeks and Asia Rugby together with Iran Rugby Association will take a final decision on either proposing the competition rescheduling for a later dates in Iran or to agree on playing in a neutral venue as agreed by all the parties involved.