Brazil pulls out of 2013 race

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Russia looks certain to host the 2013 IRB Rugby World Cup Sevens tournament after the only other countries in the running for the event, Brazil and Germany, pulled out of the tender.

The International Rugby Board (IRB) is set to confirm Russia as the host country at its next council meeting in May 2010, the same month in which the country's capital city of Moscow will stage the IRB Junior World Rugby Trophy. "This tender submission underlines our continued commitment to ignite a new rugby frontier in Russia through a strategic vision of promotion, participation and growth, " said Rugby Union of Russia president Vyacheslav Kopiev. "The hosting of a major global tournament is a key goal in this approach and will provide the impetus for the long–term development of the sport, delivering a rugby legacy that is key to our vision of Russia becoming a major rugby nation. " IRB chairman Bernard Lapasset added: "The submission of the tender documents marks a significant milestone for the Rugby Union of Russia and also for a sport that continues to generate strong interest in new markets around the world. " The Brazilian Rugby Confederation has claimed its withdrawal will allow it to develop a new "six–year strategic plan" to spread the game in the country before rugby sevens makes its Olympic debut at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro. "The Brazil Union has shared its vision for implementation of the strategic plan, working in collaboration with the Brazilian National Olympic Committee and the Rio 2016 Organising Committee, " Lapasset said. "We are looking forward to engaging with all parties to develop the Game in Brazil and ensuring Rugby Sevens' debut at the Olympic Games is a resounding success. "About The Sport Briefing This story has been reproduced with the kind permission of The Sport Briefing. The Sport Briefing is published by PA Sport and can be found at: www. thesportbriefing. comThe Sport Briefing is updated as and when news happens, from across the global business of sport. The industry's biggest stories have an accompanying email alert, and The Sport Briefing sends subscribers a daily digest to give them an easy–to–read overview of the day's main events. Contact rory. squires@thesportbriefing. com for more information.

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