Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


Rugby Sevens Must Use Olympics Inclusion to Grow the Game


Andrew Williams MP
Spokesperson for Sports and Recreation
31 January 2013

Rugby Sevens Must Use Olympics Inclusion to Grow the Game

New Zealand must maximise leverage in the lead-up to the 2016 Olympics and should be riding the wave of the growing international popularity of Sevens Rugby, says New Zealand First Sports and Recreation spokesperson Andrew Williams.

The excitement and flair of the Hertz Sevens in Wellington this weekend is unprecedented as the biggest and best dress-up party for Sevens Rugby.

In 2009, the International Olympic Committee voted to include both men and women’s Rugby Sevens in the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil.

“New Zealand needs to seize this opportunity to hammer home our pre-eminent position in Sevens Rugby, and we need to capitalise on international sponsorships.

“I understand it is one of the fastest growing sports in American Universities with sponsors seeing this as a marvellous new way to be part of the Olympics.”

Mr Williams says other countries have also boosted their numbers in Sevens rugby with an eye on the 2016 Olympics.

“The growth is in new countries which gives international brands more exposure. Apparently some big sponsorships are coming through New Zealand.

“Much of the audience popularity of Sevens Rugby can be attributed to the party atmosphere of the major tournaments in Hong Kong, Las Vegas and of course Wellington.

“This makes it a perfect fit with Rio de Janeiro‘s reputation as the carnival capital of the world.

“The Government and the New Zealand Rugby Football Union need to maximise every possible opportunity to leverage Sevens Rugby sponsorship and exposure for New Zealand in the lead up to the 2016 Olympics,” says Mr Williams.

ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Pre-Caucus Audio:
David Cunliffe And
The Future Of The
Labour Party

David Cunliffe met with the press today after Saturday’s disappointing election result for The Labour Party.

“We are all deeply concerned by the result of our party vote. I want to be clear that I, as leader, am responsible for that result” Cunliffe said. Although he called the results “deeply disappointing” Cunliffe said “the voters are always right”.

He felt that Labour needed to make improvements and take action: “We don’t need months to get feedback from members of the public, we've had a lot over the past 48 hours”. More>>

Update: After a seven hour caucus meeting David Cunliffe has announced Chris Hipkins and Carmel Sepuloni as new party whips and said the Labour council will hold an independent review into the election result. He did not comment on any leadership vote.

 

Gordon Campbell: On Labour’s Very Bad Year

While Labour leader David Cunliffe still appears to be in denial about the extent of Saturday night’s debacle, there was hardly a single redeeming feature about the election results for the centre-left... More>>

ALSO:

General Election NZ: National Win

Election Night: With almost all votes counted National and John Key have won a third term and are close to being able to govern alone if they so choose. Key has indicated he will still reach out to form a Government with ACT, United Future and Maori Party. More>>

ALSO:

Perfectly-Timed Anniversaries: Suffrage Day Is Last Chance To Enrol

“The last chance to enrol is Friday 19 September. You can’t enrol on election day.” More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On First Time Voting (Greens)

For the last two days, I’ve turned my column over to a couple of guest columnists who are first time voters… Today’s guest columnist is Ana Avia-O’Connor, who will be casting her first time vote on Saturday for the Greens. More>>

ALSO:

Meddling: Aussie Liberals Embroiled In Key Campaign

John Key needs to explain why Australia’s Liberal Party is interfering in New Zealand domestic politics and is encouraging Kiwi voters across the ditch to vote for National just days out from the election, Labour’s campaign spokesperson Annette King says. More>>

ALSO:

SURVEILLANCE:

Election Ad Soundtrack: Rapper Eminem Sues National Party Over Copyright Breach

US rapper Eminem is suing the New Zealand National Party for alleged copyright infringement over unauthorised use of the rapper’s ‘Lose Yourself’ song in an election campaign advertisement. More>>

ALSO:

Big March: Call For An End To Domestic Violence

Hundreds of protesters marched down Lambton Quay to Parliament Monday calling for an end to domestic violence. Wearing white facemasks, waving banners and calling for “safety” for the women and children of New Zealand.. More>>

ALSO:

Pre-Election Chartering: Four New Partnership Schools To Open

Education Minister Hekia Parata today announced the Government has signed contracts to open four new Partnership Schools in 2015. More>>

ALSO:

Werewolf 50 Out Now - The Election Issue: Loss Leaders

Gordon Campbell: A third term requires a mature decision, with eyes wide open. It calls for a conscious vote of confidence… Without trying hard here are about 19 reasons, in no particular order, for not ticking ‘party vote’ National. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news