The Authority refuses to fire rugby players in the World Cup qualifiers

Reda Saleem (Dubai)

Asian qualifiers for the Men’s and Women’s Rugby Seventh World Cup “South Africa 2022” await the kick-off next Friday at Dubai Sports City Stadium, an event hosted by the Rugby Union, in collaboration with the Asian Confederation and the Dubai Sports Council for two days, and two men’s teams qualify And also for women to the final of the World Cup.
All the teams arrived in Dubai, and the training started, waiting for the kick-off, and the organizing committee set the match schedule.Our men’s team plays in the second group with China, Sri Lanka and Japan, while the first group includes South Korea; Hong Kong, Philippines and Malaysia, and at the women’s level, the first group includes Japan, Kazakhstan, Thailand and the Philippines, the second includes China, Hong Kong, Sri Lanka and Malaysia.
The pre-round matches will take place on the first day, with the first and second of each group qualifying for the semi-finals, where the final round matches will take place on the second day, to determine the emerging teams. , regardless of its result in the last match against Japan, the strongest team and the first candidate to qualify for the World Cup.
Muhammad Sultan Al Zaabi, general secretary of the Rugby Union, said that all the teams arrived in succession, and all the arrangements are made, the physical training halls are booked, and the training dates are held. Certainly that UAE is; always in the first place in the organization, and we sent invitations to the ambassadors of the countries whose teams participate in the tournament, the President of the General Sports Authority, the Secretary General of the Olympic Committee and the heads of sports federations. Abu Dhabi Sports Channels to broadcast the championship matches.
He added that our team is ready for the event and we played 4 matches in Kazakhstan, and then we played with Russia in 4 matches, and coach Apollo selected 12 players who will be registered in the tournament, and we participate only in the men’s team. , and we hope the team will be the “dark horse” and the first goal is to win the first Two matches and qualify for the semifinals. In this case, we will have a match to move on to the final and climb to the World Cup.We have great confidence in our youth to achieve the dream of the World Cup for the first time.
Al-Zaabi revealed that the General Sports Authority refused to give us a letter to fire the team players for two days before the event so that we could send it to their jobs. The team is participating for the first time and the ambitions, despite their difficulties, are still present and we expected moral support and backing for the team, but the rejection decision was a shocking surprise.
The Secretary General of the Federation sent a message to the public and rugby fans attending the matches, and the stands will be open to all with precautionary measures, hoping that the tournament will be enjoyable and that it reflects the development of Asian and Emirate rugby and opportunity to present audience to the game.

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