Int'l Rugby Board CEO Brett Gosper Says Delays Could Hurt Rugby's Olympic Debut
Int'l Ruby Board CEO Brett Gosper "has urged those charged with delivering the 2016 Olympics to 'get their skates on' amid fears over Brazil’s ability to properly showcase his sport at the Games," according to Ben Rumsby of the London TELEGRAPH. Gosper "has warned the potential success of rugby sevens’ Olympic debut could be compromised if delays to preparations for Rio 2016 continue." Gosper: "It will be important for us because we don’t get a second chance to make a first impression." Gosper "was relaxed about the readiness of the venue for the sevens tournament, a 20,000-seater temporary facility at the Games’ Deodoro Zone." However, he added, "We’re more worried about actual infrastructure, public transport from other parts of Rio, to get teams and spectators out to that Deodoro Zone area." Gosper revealed the IRB "had joined forces with other federations whose sports will be based at Deodoro to crank up the pressure on politicians and officials" (TELEGRAPH, 4/16).