Rugby fans in Qatar are set to see the Rugby League National Teams of Fiji, Tonga and Samoa in action for the very first time in the country for a competition scheduled early 2018, according to Michael Ibrahim, Founder and CEO of Aqeeq Holdings LLC.
Ibrahim noted that negotiations are in top gear between the sport’s governing body – International Rugby League Federation (IRLF), the governments of the three islands, and his company.
The Australian entrepreneur has been negotiating with the IRLF and the Pacific Islands National Rugby League conglomerates to bring some of the matches in Doha next year. The discussion also involves a select team from Qatar.
We are very close to finalising the deal and I’m happy that all indicators are pointing to a very strong interests from all concerned parties.’
An avid lover of Qatar, Ibrahim said that with Qatar’s resilience to the current blockade, it’s important for the country to continue to progress and strive for more greatness. He said that Rugby League is the ‘greatest game of all’ and when it comes to Doha everybody will agree.
Ibrahim was the creator of the #Weareallqatar best video and photo campaigns which attracted over fifty thousand entries worldwide. Ibrahim’s passion for Qatar saw him taking up the role of ambassador for ‘We Support Qatar Movement’.
Rugby League is a full contact sport governed by the International Rugby League Federation. It is a popular sport in Africa, Australia, China, Europe, France, New Zealand, UK, the Americas, Lebanon, Philippines, UAE, USA, the Cooks Island, Tonga, Samoa, Fiji, Niue, Tokelau, Solomon Islands and is the national sport of Papua New Guinea.
The European Super League and the National Rugby League (NRL) are the premier club competitions. Rugby league is played internationally, predominantly by European, Australasian and Pacific Island countries.
The first Rugby League World Cup was held in France in 1954, and the most recent was played in Brisbane, Australia. Australia holds the reign with ten World Cup victories.