World Rugby on Friday announced that it will make available USD 100 million relief funds to help countries that are affected severely by the Novel Coronavirus crisis, the global body said in a statement.
Basically, this relief fund will be available for immediate emergency for countries who are in trouble. It is designed to assist the maximum number of countries at a single time.
“Underpinned by a relief fund of approximately US$100 million to assist unions through to the resumption of the sport, the strategy reflects World Rugby’s commitment to leading the sport through its greatest challenge and is a result of cross-game collaboration that has enabled key decisions to be taken in the spirit of solidarity and partnership,” the World Rugby said in a statement.
“This includes likely short-term reshaping of the international rugby calendar, optimizing competition opportunities for unions and domestic leagues. As a prudent precaution, further scenario planning factors in a competition environment where cross-hemisphere travel might not be possible and, in the worst-case scenario, where no international rugby is possible this year,” the statement added.
World Rugby said player welfare was central to all potential scenarios.
“Global sport is facing a crisis never seen before and at this most challenging time we are taking unprecedented action as a sport united to support global rugby, its unions, competitions and players through the enormous challenge presented by the COVID-19 pandemic,” chairman Bill Beaumont said.