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 &quot;Category Three&quot; sport by the Commonwealth Games Federation.<br /> &quot;Category Three sports are those that we recognise as working towards future inclusion,&quot; 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 /> &quot;It is a genuine vision of ours,&quot; said international chairman Scott Carter, who also doubles as chairman of the New Zealand Rugby League.<br /> &quot;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&#039;s to have medal sports that are the most meaningful to Commonwealth nations.<br /> &quot;There are quite a number of Commonwealth countries for whom rugby league is an important sport.<br /> &quot;Category Three basically gives us official recognition. It is a stepping stone to rugby league potentially becoming a medal sport.<br /> &quot;But there are other hurdles to overcome along the way before rugby league would indeed, or could indeed, become a medal sport.&quot;<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&#039; time, albeit as an exhibition sport.<br /> &quot;I think there&#039;s a distinct possibility that rugby league could at least be included as a demonstration sport in the Gold Coast,&quot; he said.<br /> But for rugby league to ever feature at the Commonwealth Games, administrators acknowledge they may need to tinke



League And The Commonwealth Games.

Updated May 29, 2012
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International rugby league bosses have expressed a desire to see the sport included on the Commonwealth Games programme, potentially as early as 2018.
In May last year, rugby league gained a significant boost when it was named as a "Category Three" sport by the Commonwealth Games Federation.
"Category Three sports are those that we recognise as working towards future inclusion," CGF vice-president HRH Tunku Imran said at the time.
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.
"It is a genuine vision of ours," said international chairman Scott Carter, who also doubles as chairman of the New Zealand Rugby League.
"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.
"There are quite a number of Commonwealth countries for whom rugby league is an important sport.
"Category Three basically gives us official recognition. It is a stepping stone to rugby league potentially becoming a medal sport.
"But there are other hurdles to overcome along the way before rugby league would indeed, or could indeed, become a medal sport."
The next Commonwealth Games are in Glasgow in 2014 before moving to the Gold Coast in 2018.
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.
"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.
But for rugby league to ever feature at the Commonwealth Games, administrators acknowledge they may need to tinke

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