Organisers of the Rugby League World Cup have said the event will go ahead later this year as scheduled.
There had been growing concerns on the other side of the world about coming over in the midst of a global pandemic. There had even been reports it would go ahead without Australia.
However, despite this, organisers say it will go ahead, with the first match taking place in 100 days’ time at St James’ Park in Newcastle.
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Chief Executive of the tournament Jon Dutton said: “We are delighted to be able to provide clarity and certainty to fans, players, partners, media and those that have supported our journey over the past few years.
“We have an overwhelming desire to deliver the biggest and best ever Rugby League World Cup and through our determination and decisiveness we will be able to achieve this vision.
“We recognise there are still many challenges ahead, but we will work relentlessly and will take the most extraordinary measures with the support of all involved to stage the tournament in 100 days’ time.”
Troy Grant, Chairman of the International Rugby League, added: “I am delighted that all the stakeholders in International Rugby League have worked together to achieve this important outcome for the global game. RLWC2021 has great ambitions which will help grow the interest and participation in our sport across the world.
“We can now all look forward with certainty and excitement to the kick-off of the tournament in Newcastle on 23 October and again I wish to thank all those involved, the organisers, the nations federations and the key stakeholders, for the leadership which has delivered this positive result in the most challenging of situations.”