The UAE is reportedly planning to bid to host the 2021 Rugby League World Cup.
Sol Mokdad, the president of UAE Rugby League, said in comments published by The National that he believes the UAE has the facilities, as well as the financial backing and infrastructure, to host the tournament.
“This is an ideal location for a World Cup,” he was quoted as saying. “It is exactly between Australia and the UK, there is always talk in the media about the big events being hosted in Dubai.
“With Expo 2020 being here, with all the infrastructure being created, it will be the perfect time."
The World Cup has only ever been hosted by the major countries – Australia, New Zealand, France and Great Britain – although South Africa submitted an application for the 2017 event, which was awarded jointly to Australia and New Zealand.
The hosts for the 2021 event are expected to be named in October 2016.
The Rugby League International Federation (RLIF) board has said expressions of interest will be sought by the first quarter of 2015.
Invitations to tender will then be sent out and an evaluation committee appointed, with bids submitted during the first quarter of 2016.
In 2011, Dubai was put forward as a possible location for the World Club Challenge, rugby league's biggest game played between the champions of England and Australia.
The chairman of Manly, the then Australia champions, said the game could be played in the Middle East.For all the latest sports news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
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