Album: League And The Commonwealth Games.
http://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/league/6995453/League-wants-Commonwealth-Games-action<br /> <br /> <br /> ----------<br /> International rugby league bosses have expressed a desire to see the sport included on the Commonwealth Games programme, potentially as early as 2018.<br /> In May last year, rugby league gained a significant boost when it was named as a "Category Three" sport by the Commonwealth Games Federation.<br /> "Category Three sports are those that we recognise as working towards future inclusion," CGF vice-president HRH Tunku Imran said at the time.<br /> But being recognised by the CGF is just the first step in a masterplan the Rugby League International Federation hopes will culminate in the sport one day sharing the spotlight with rugby sevens at the Commonwealth Games.<br /> "It is a genuine vision of ours," said international chairman Scott Carter, who also doubles as chairman of the New Zealand Rugby League.<br /> "The role of the RLIF is to grow and foster the game internationally. If we look at where the Commonwealth Games actually has a role to play, it's to have medal sports that are the most meaningful to Commonwealth nations.<br /> "There are quite a number of Commonwealth countries for whom rugby league is an important sport.<br /> "Category Three basically gives us official recognition. It is a stepping stone to rugby league potentially becoming a medal sport.<br /> "But there are other hurdles to overcome along the way before rugby league would indeed, or could indeed, become a medal sport."<br /> The next Commonwealth Games are in Glasgow in 2014 before moving to the Gold Coast in 2018.<br /> Given Queensland is true rugby league country, Carter believes there is every chance the sport can make its Commonwealth Games debut in six years' time, albeit as an exhibition sport.<br /> "I think there's a distinct possibility that rugby league could at least be included as a demonstration sport in the Gold Coast," he said.<br /> But for rugby league to ever feature at the Commonwealth Games, administrators acknowledge they may need to tinke