With November 15th’s impending decision on the hosts of the 2023 World Cup drawing ever closer, Ireland, France and now South Africa are putting the finishing touches to their respective bids.
While Ireland are clear favourites to win the rights, France have executed several high profile stunts in recent months to drum up support.
— FF Rugby (@FFRugby) May 6, 2017
Although South Africa are seen by most as rank outsiders, the Rainbow Nation received a big lift today after their government-imposed ban on hosting sporting events was lifted.
The South African Rugby Union were suspended by the government from hosting international sporting events until they met transformation standards, as the country bids to bridge racial divides.
Thulas Nxesi, Minister for Sport & Recreation, revealed the news.
“I would like to congratulate rugby, cricket and netball on their improved scores, you were clearly willing to walk the extra mile.
“Their right to bid for and host major sporting events, which was revoked before, is hereby immediately reinstated.
“But we would like to re-emphasise our expectations for sporting federations to take charge and provide leadership at school and club levels.” [Via Sport24]
President of SA Rugby, Mark Alexander, who is in Tokyo for tomorrow’s Rugby World Cup 2019 draw, welcomed the announcement.
“This is great news and a tribute to the work that the sport has been doing in recent years to stay in tune and relevant to modern South Africa.
“We can now put the finishing touches to what we believe will be an outstanding bid to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup.
“We have kept the ministry up to speed with our thinking and state of preparation throughout the suspension and continue to enjoy an excellent relationship with our sports leaders.”