Sport Kangaroos, Kiwis boycott World Cup over safety concerns

10:36  22 july  2021
10:36  22 july  2021 Source:   smh.com.au

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Australia and New Zealand have pulled out of the 2021 Rugby League World Cup citing safety concerns, in a move expected to torpedo the showpiece international event.

On the same day league officials expressed a desire for the code to become an Olympic event in time for the Brisbane 2032 Games, the Australian Rugby League Commission and the New Zealand Rugby League informed the International Rugby League (IRL) and Rugby League World Cup (RLWC) organisers of their stance.

In a joint statement, the ARLC and NZRL said the decision to withdraw from the World Cup came after considering the risk of COVID-19 infection in the United Kingdom, the worsening environment in Australia and the time a majority of NRL players will spend away from home under strict biosecurity conditions prior to the World Cup.

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The ARLC and NZRL resolved that, in the present environment, the risks to athletes and officials travelling to the UK to participate in the tournament this year are too great, and it is unable to endorse Australia and New Zealand's participation.

ARLC Chairman Peter V'landys said player wellbeing and safety must come first.

"Not participating in this year's World Cup is not a decision the Commission has taken lightly, but we must put the best interests of our players and officials first," V'landys said.

"Protecting them is our absolute priority.

"In the current environment, the risks to the safety, health and wellbeing of the players and officials travelling from Australia to participate in the tournament this year are insurmountable. The majority of NRL players are currently living away from home under difficult biosecurity protocols. They would then be required to remain under protocols and away from home for the duration of the tournament before again quarantining on return to Australia. This is too much to ask our players and officials to do.

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BBC presenters said to be considering boycotting World Cup in Russia in 2018. Spartak Moscow fans unveiled threatening banner at a game on Saturday. It referenced broadcaster and featured balaclava-wearing fan with a machete. A source told the paper another sports presenter, as yet unnamed, has also decided to give the tournament a miss over safety fears. The source said: 'It's just too much of a risk. After the organised violence orchestrated by Russians at Euro 2016, the World Cup promises to be hell.

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"We have again requested the IRL and Rugby League World Cup consider postponing the event until 2022 to enable all players to participate."

NZRL CEO Greg Peters said the decision to withdraw was in the best interests of players and officials.

"The safety and wellbeing of our people is the main priority, and unfortunately, that cannot be guaranteed to our satisfaction," he said.

"There are stark differences between how the pandemic is being managed in the UK compared to Australasia and recent developments have highlighted how quickly things can change.

"The tournament organisers have moved heaven and earth to make this work, so it is not an easy decision, but the Covid-19 situation in the UK shows no sign of improving, and it's simply too unsafe to send teams and staff over.

"We understand how disappointing this is for fans and those involved; however player and staff safety remains paramount."

The development is a huge blow, given the British government isn't prepared to make the necessary investment if the World Cup is delayed a year.


Rugby League World Cup 2021: Why aren't Australia and New Zealand playing? .
Here's everything we know about the decision and the reasons why Australia and New Zealand withdrew from the 2021 Rugby League World Cup.  ARLC AND NZRL STATEMENTBoth organisations released a joint statement on Thursday afternoon confirming the news, citing player welfare and safety concerns."The Australian Rugby League Commission (ARLC) and New Zealand Rugby League (NZRL) today informed the International Rugby League (IRL) and Rugby League World Cup (RLWC) organisers that Australia and New Zealand will not compete in a 2021 World Cup because of player welfare and safety concerns," the statement said.

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