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Russia may submit application for hosting World Rugby Sevens Series in 2019-2023

November 30, 12:12 UTC+3 MOSCOW

In 2013, the Rugby World Cup Sevens was held at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium

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MOSCOW, November 30. /TASS/. The Russian Rugby Federation (RRF) plans to file an application for hosting stages of the World Rugby Sevens Series in 2019-2023, head of the Federal Antimonopoly Service and Chairman of the RRF supreme council Igor Artemyev said in an interview with TASS.

In 2013, the Rugby World Cup Sevens was held at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium.

"It will be an important area of our work, first of all it contributes to the popularization of sports," Artemyev noted.

"The 2013 Rugby World Cup Sevens that was held in Moscow sparked a rise in the number of people who are interested in rugby and play in amateur clubs. Second, it is a great prestige for a country to host it and (the event) attracts tourist. Thirdly, this adds to the capacity of the sports infrastructure. After holding the football world cup, the country will be left with a huge athletic groundwork enabling it to hold highest-level rugby events."

"So, we will deal with it for sure. In March, for example, there will be a bid for hosting the stages of the World Rugby Sevens Series in 2019-2023, and we plan to participate in it if we get the go-ahead from the state authorities," a federation representative said.

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