POSTED: December 9th 2008

Carty steps up for rugby

Progressive move: Susan Carty and IRB development manager Bruce Cook / Image: IRB
Progressive move: Susan Carty and IRB development manager Bruce Cook / Image: IRB

KEIR RADNEDGE / Sports Features Communications

LONDON: Rugby union has ticked another box in its Olympic access bid by appointing Susan Carty as women's development manager.

Carty, a former president of the International Rugby Football Union's women's rugby committee, takes up the role to fulfil a key recommendation from the sport's conference on the women's game last year.

Bernard Lapasset, president of the International Rugby Board, said: "Susan will be working closely with our 116 member unions and six regional associations to ensure that the key goals of the IRB women's strategic plan are implemented and in particular to provide assistance to developing unions in enabling them to grow the women's game."

Such a demonstration of commitment to the women's game is important not only in the overall context of the sport but in underlining its breadth of appeal and access in rugby's bid to return to the Olympic Games in 2016.

It is one of seven sports - along with baseball, golf, karate, roller sports, squash and softball - seeking IOC support in Copenhagen next October.

A women's rugby world cup was staged in Canada in 2006 and competitions for both men and an inaugural Women's Rugby World Cup Sevens will be hosted in Dubai next year. Sevens is the format being promoted by the IRB for inclusion in the Olympics.

Lapasset added: "Susan's appointment comes at a time when the women's game is experiencing phenomenal global growth and interest, growth that is clearly highlighted by the 83 unions who participated in the qualifying process for Dubai."

Keywords · rugby sevens · International Rugby Board · Susan Carty · Bernard Lapasset · women's rugby · Dubai

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