Rugby Current Affairs - 2020

World Games, 2021 postponed to avoid clash with Tokyo Olympics

The 2021 World Games that was scheduled to be held in Birmingham, Alabama was postponed to 2022. This is being done to avoid the clash with Tokyo Olympics.

Highlights

The World Games is held once in four years. It features 32 sports that are not a part of the Olympics. These games were scheduled to be conducted in Birmingham, Alabama. With the Olympics being postponed to July 2021, the world games have been postponed to July 2022.

About the World Games

The World Games had planned to host 3,600 athletes from 100 countries. This included sports such as bowling, martial arts, squash, wheelchair rugby, billiards, etc.

The World Games was first held in 1981. It is an international multi-sport event. The specialty of the games is that it does not contest any of the games that are included in Olympic Games. After the one to be conducted in 2022, the next World Games has been planned in Chengdu in 2025. So far, the World Games has not yet been held in African countries. Even in the US, it was held only in 1981. The games are predominantly conducted in European countries.

New Zealand wins 2015 Rugby World Cup

New Zealand has won the 2015 Rugby World Cup for record third time by defeating Australia.

In the final match played at Twickenham, England the winning team defeated Australian team by 34-17 score.

With this victory, it also became the first nation to retain the Webb Ellis Cup and it was their first victory on the foreign soil.

About Rugby World Cup

  • Rugby World Cup is contested every four years between the top international teams.
  • It was first held in 1987 and was co-hosted by New Zealand and Australia.
  • The winning team is awarded with the William Webb Ellis Cup named after William Webb Ellis who invented sport of rugby according to a popular legend.
  • Four countries have won the trophy since its inception. New Zealand has won it three times (1987, 2011 and 2015).
  • 2 teams have won twice Australia (1991 and 1999) and South Africa (1995 and 2007). England has won it once in 2003.