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1 minute ago, bird said:

By governments investing big money in the game. Rugby League had Russia before Union pulled that off and it killed it practically. 

Indeed: Russia is a perfect example. 

Their women played the Kiwis in the RL World Cup, and about a year later, when union got into the Olympics, their federation told them en masse that they (the women players) would now all be playing union sevens. Women's Rugby League has never returned.

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https://www.intrl.sport/news/rugby-league-in-the-olympics/   Original article by Michael Caryannis in the Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - April 11 2021   Rugby league in the Ol

Funding apart, it would make gaining official government recognition for RL in new territories so much easier, which has often been a problem for the sport.

RL 9s in the Olympics would be a massive boost for the game. It would encourage official sports recognition and state funding in a lot of countries. A truly global audience would get to see

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6 minutes ago, The Frying Scotsman said:

I don't even know if that's a serious question. You are so wide of the mark with your assessment that it is not even worth arguing with.

You obviously have very little understanding of how the majority of countries view sports and the importance of Olympic participation. I know of nations where rugby union was basically treated the same as Gaelic football or cricket, (a curiosity for foreigners) and then when the Olympics came along, they immediately began to receive subsidies, kit deals etc.

I can't be be bothered explaining any more, because trying to convert your opinion over something that probably will never happen anyway, is a waste of time.

If you are interested though, here is an article from TotalRL's very own League Publications Limited on the subject of Olympic participation by our rival code:

https://www.therugbypaper.co.uk/latest-news/26119/the-positive-impact-of-the-rio-olympics-on-rugby/

Blimey, I’ll leave it with you then. 

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1 hour ago, bird said:

How do you think Union Sevens got so big so fast?

Is it because the IRB (as was) set up and ran a regular worldwide series of events beginning in 1999-2000 (featuring 36 teams in year one) - based on already existing and established but unconnected events - as part of a planned and well-resourced strategic globalisation of the game of which the attempt to get into the Olympics was part?

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8 hours ago, dealwithit said:

So we’ve lost observer status?

Edit: Answered below.

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16 minutes ago, Manxmanc said:

It’s ok, International Rugby League is on the Observer status list…you’ll find it between Padel and Table Soccer.

Got it, thanks. Just ahead of the International Jump Rope Union.

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And seeing that recognition by the sports authority is required in most countries to book fields, get insurance and receive any grants, Olympic recognition would be huge. Especially when many countries have a sports authority that is also the olympic authority.  

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