Vancouver secures hosting rights for another four years

By Alex Dudley

Ahead of the HSBC Canada Sevens in Vancouver, the city has announced that they have re-signed as the premier partners and will continue to host the tournament until at least 2023.

The city has been rewarded the privilege to continue hosting the HSBC tournament due to the year-on-year growth of the event, and the records that have been broken in the country over the past three years. The event is the largest rugby event in Canada, and the decision was announced as 50 children were participating in a skills workshop with the Canadian women’s and men’s sevens teams.

The CEO of Rugby Canada was understandably pleased with the decision made. Speaking to the official website of the Canadian Sevens, she said:  “The HSBC Canada Sevens Tournament has been a game changer on so many levels, and we’d like to thank World Rugby, HSBC and the global Series partners for the opportunity to once again host this great event for another four years.”

“The success of this event is due to so many people and organisations. From the world’s best athletes and fans who shine on and off the field of play, to the dedicated partners and sponsors who are critical in bringing the event to life, to the staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to make this event world class – a heartfelt thanks to all for their collective commitment to excellence.”

On the same day as this announcement, it was also confirmed that Rugby Canada had re-signed with Vancouver tourism companies; Sport Hosting Vancouver and The Vancouver Hotel Destination Association. Both of these companies have been imperative in the progression of the sport within the country, and the popularity that has come with it.

The Chairman of the Canada Sevens Board of Directors, John Furlong spoke glowingly of the partnership. Speaking to Canada’s official sevens website, he said: “The re-signing of Sport Hosting Vancouver and Grosvenor are a testament to the strong leadership they have demonstrated to date, and the important role they will play as we prepare for the next four-year cycle.”

This years’ competition will mark the fourth occasion that the HSBC World Rugby Series will take place in Vancouver, and the country seems to have warmed to the sport; the popularity will only continue to increase over the next four years.


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