Ahmad Al Falasi meets with World Rugby Chairman

DUBAI, Dr. Ahmad Belhoul Al Falasi, Minister of State for Entrepreneurship and SMEs, Chairman of the General Authority of Sports, Vice President of the National Olympic Committee, and Chairman of the Executive Office, met with Sir Bill Beaumont, the World Rugby Chairman.

The meeting discussed means of enhancing bilateral cooperation to boost rugby’s progress in the UAE, which has reached an advanced level.

He was briefed by the guest on the key programmes and initiatives run by the World Rugby to support the sport at all levels. Al Falasi praised the significant progress seen by rugby in the UAE in terms of facilities and infrastructure, which serves the sports movement and makes the UAE the perfect venue option for hosting international and continental games in all disciplines.

“The NOC, under the presidency of H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, is keen to support the development of all sports as well as sportsmen and women. The sport of rugby in the UAE has made rapid progress under the leadership of the board of the international federation, which is keen on supporting the UAE’s efforts in promoting the game among all segments of society.

“The development of the sport in the UAE is underlined by the historic feat of winning the West Asian Rugby Cups for men and women,” Al Falasi said, referring to the UAE’s participation with the largest delegation at the Arab Rugby Championship in Tunisia.

Attendees at the meeting included Qais Al Dhali, President of the Asian and Arab Rugby Federations, Vice President of the UAE Rugby Federation, Azza Bint Sulaiman, Assistant Secretary-General for Administrative and Financial Affairs of the National Olympic Committee, and Mohammed bin Darwish, Executive Director of the National Olympic Committee.

Source: Emirates News Agency

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