IRB boss Brett Gosper says the Bingham Cup is a symbol of the power of sport to drive social change. The International Rugby Board has made history by backing the Bingham Cup, and is believed to be the first major international sporting federation to publicly endorse a gay sporting event. “Rugby recognises sport’s wider responsibility to society and its ability to drive social change,” IRB Chief Executive Brett Gosper says in a letter to the International Gay Rugby Association and Board. “Sport can cross barriers. Sport boosts self-esteem and sport promotes inclusivity and celebrates diversity. We are proud as rugby grows across every continent that the sport’s strong values of solidarity, integrity, discipline, respect and passion still make a real difference in modern society.” Gosper says the Bingham Cup is a symbol of the power of sport to drive social change. “It has opened hearts and minds and will continue to inspire future generations to participate, to express themselves and to have fun.” Bingham Cup pool play began in Sydney this morning, with the NZ Falcons notching up a win.
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First published: Friday, 29th August 2014 - 12:03pm
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