Rugby sevens’ Olympics debut in 2016 may help the sport’s shortened format enjoy a surge in interest similar to that experienced by Twenty20 cricket, England’s leading rugby official said.
Wimbledon organizers will waive their all-white clothing rule for players and re-seed the grass courts at the All England Club for the 2012 Olympic tennis tournament.
Ian Ritchie, who has been in charge of the All England Lawn Tennis Club since 2005, will leave the host of the Wimbledon Championships to become the new head of England’s Rugby Football Union
Richard Lewis, chairman of England’s Rugby Football League, will become chief executive officer of Wimbledon, the All England Lawn Tennis Club said on its website.
England rugby’s interim manager Stuart Lancaster was given the full-time job today by the country’s board to lead the squad through the next World Cup.
Wimbledon’s singles champions will each receive a million pounds ($1.54 million) for the first time in the 124-year history of the tennis tournament, the All England Club said.
Andy Farrell will remain as Saracens coach after turning down a chance to join the England national team staff, the Premiership rugby club said on its website.
"I think being an Olympic sport in Rio in 2016 gives it a fantastic growth opportunity."
- Ian Ritchie on Nov 06, 2012