The Rugby League International Federation (RLIF) chief executive officer Nigel Wood, is attending the Sport Accord Congress which is being held on the Gold Coast in Australia and also the General Assembly of the Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF) which takes place at the end of the week.
Sport Accord is the annual sports convention which brings together delegates from over 100 sports federations as well as the global associations representing sport. GAISF is the global organisation that brings together all the international federations, both Olympic and non-Olympic to share best-practice and promote the cause of sport internationally.
The RLIF is currently an Observer Member of GAISF and is working pro-actively to achieve full member status.
Nigel Wood commented upon the importance of GAISF membership for the continued growth and development of rugby league across the world.
“The RLIF Board sees achieving full membership of GAISF as a major priority for the sport. Forty nations played international rugby league last year and many more are starting to play. It is right and proper that rugby league should be an integral part of the international sports movement. Our growing membership and their national sports authorities expect nothing less.
"Rugby League has a long and proud history that we in the game are aware of, but we want to share this wider. Since the inception of the sport in 1895 we have been leaders in promoting international sports competition with the first Test Matches in 1907/08. We were the second major sport, to create a world cup competition when we crowned the champions in 1954 in France.
“The sixteenth iteration of the Rugby League World Cup will be held in the UK in 2021 when the men’s, women’s and wheelchair events will be held concurrently at world class venues including Old Trafford, the Emirates Stadium and St James Park. Rugby League is very proud that it can stage world class mega-events.
“It is great to be here in Queensland Australia, the home of the current Rugby League World Cup holders and a place where rugby league is probably the number one sport. I hope that delegates and GAISF officials will be able the experience the rich heritage and excitement that our sport brings to the people of Queensland and which is shared by millions across the globe.”