Friday, January 27, 2012

Mar del Plata pushing hard to host a leg of the IRB World Sevens Series

Estadio José María Minella, Mar del Plata.
The host city of the 2011 Rugby Sevens World Cup, Mar del Plata continues to campaign hard to be included as a host city in the IRB World Sevens Series. The current format inovles nine legs with Australia and Japan added to the circuit for the current season. The organizers are looking to expand it yet again and with South America being the only continent without an event the case for Mar del Plata to do so is only getting stronger. The city has called upon the Municipal Tourism Entity (EMTur) to help deliver it an annual leg of the IRB World Sevens Series. EMTur officially presented the city´s candidacy to the International Rugby Board (IRB).

As reported by Argentine site rugbytime, EMTUR president, Pablo Fernandez said on Wednesday that there was a very important candidate for the city of Mar del Plata in the UAR and, through it, the International Rugby Board to host the Sevens World in October (2012) and thereafter for five years. According to the official, Mar del Plata is trying to become one of the sites that receive the Circuit in the month of October. Fernandez said he was confident of a successful bid because Mar del Plata is a the seaside resort city which, in his words has "demonstrated in all the events that we are able to address this type of event. I went to the Davis Cup, the Olympic Qualifying Basketball, with the Dakar Rally or the mountains. "The city will rise to the occasion and can host these events. And all this background we favor at the time of introducing ourselves, because we have previous credentials to prove it, "the president of EMTUR.

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