Why a petition to get rugby to the Olympics?
Rugby is competing for inclusion to the Olympic Games with several other sports, like Karate, Golf, Squash and possibly even underwater Chess, Tug of War or something similarly exotic. Unfortunately in 2005 the International Rugby Board didn't manage to get rugby in the Olympic Games 2012 in London. The olympic-rugby.org petition aims to swing the vote this time and generate as much publicity and momentum for the cause as possible, before the decision gets made in October 2009. Rugby is a team sport, so we must team up, scrum down and make it happen. Crouch, touch and pause - Engage!
Why should I sign this petition?
If you love rugby, big hits, tries and want to see the game grow on an international scale, giving more players the chance to compete at the highest level, this petition is for you. Olympic rugby will open up additional funding channels to grow the game, it will also draw new fans and sponsors. Many low profile rugby nations have sophisticated Olympic programs that would kick into action and take rugby to the next level. Sevens rugby will be a gateway for all forms of rugby to enjoy growth and large international support. No doubt, Sevens and the fan culture will add a lot of character and colour to the Games. Hey, the Olympics are on, what to watch? The new kid, Sevens Rugby, steps past the Shot-Put defender, hands-off Individual Dressage, rounds Synchronized Swimming on the outside and goes over in the corner! What a try, you absolute beauty!!!
How many signatures do we need?
Only too many are enough, so get your team of 22, your mom and your cousin to sign up! There is no number that would guarantee inclusion of rugby into the Olympics, because the International Olympic Committee decides, but we can help the IOC's decision along by mobilizing the masses of the rugby world and tackling the other contenders into touch. There are over 3 Million active players in 115 nations. The Rugby World Cup in France 2007 had a viewership of over 4 Billion people! It's the last ten minutes of the Olympic Inclusion Finals and your signature will put rugby in the gap, to cut through the defense like a hot knife through butter and score under the Olympic posts! Wookaa!
What do olympic-rugby.org do with the petition signatures?
The IOC, the International Olympic Committee is meeting in June 2009 to discuss potential new sports to be included, Golf, Karate, Squash all being serious contenders. In October a decision on the Olympic Sports Program for 2016 will be made at a meeting in Copenhagen - there are two vacant slots! The National Olympic Committees (NOC) will send their representatives to decide at the conference. You and everybody else is free to contact their country's committee member(s) and make a case for your sport's / rugby's inclusion. The NOC's and their members can be found here: http://www.olympic.org/uk/organisation/noc/index_uk.asp Olympic-rugby.org is simplifying that process and provides a one stop platform to channel the combined forces of the rugby world towards the IOC by sending the petition signatures and motivations per country to each IOC member and the National Olympic Committees. The olympic-rugby.org Forwards maul perfectly off the lineout, strong pick and go and they are over the line, delivering 8 million signatures on the final whistle to win the game!
Why Sevens Rugby at the Olympics?
15 a side rugby as the traditional form requires a very long tournament (+6 weeks) and an extensive qualification, which is way too long for the Olympic Games format. Sevens is spectacular, high scoring, fast paced, exciting and an easy to understand version of rugby, one that is experiencing fantastic growth and quite simply rocks - even to a novice of the sport! It is also played by men and women, allowing for a dual competition, like at the 7s World Cup in Dubai 2009. It provides a flexible tournament format that allows 16, 20 or 24 countries to compete over two or three days. It is a spectator geared game and traditionally lots of fun is had in the stands. Sevens has been used at the Commonwealth Games, the World Games and the Pan American Games, so it is proven in the "Games" format. The break every seven minutes also won't exactly frighten off sponsors. Carter to Sivivatu, Sivivatu to a boy who is now 15 years old! Go you good thing and he is ouvaaa! Absolutely sensational!
Why do you ask for my email address as part of the petition?
In order for you to be part of a serious petition, we need you to confirm that you are a real person signing up with a real name. We can't make the case for rugby with 12 000 John Doe's, 400 King Kong's or 500 000 robot created spam signatures. So we need you to confirm it is you and your email, by clicking on the activation link you get emailed. Your email address will not be passed on or used in any other way or form - we hate spam as much as you do. It's a ruck, roll away tackler and hands off (the emails)!