Media Release: Minister Meyer Encourages Fans to Get Behind the George Sevens Rugby Tournament
Following the recent International Rugby Board (IRB) announcement of the pools and match schedule for the South African leg of the 2010/11 HSBC Sevens World Series, Western Cape Minister of Cultural Affairs and Sport, Dr Ivan Meyer, is encouraging all fans to show their support for this annual highlight on South Africa's sports calendar and attend the two day tournament with more "gees" than ever before.
Minister Meyer said, "I will be attending the tournament to show my support for this fantastic event, and encourage the fans to take full advantage of the surrounding tourist attractions on the Garden Route. International events like this, televised to the rest of the world, really show what the Western Cape is capable of.
The town of George and its Outeniqua Park Stadium have proved year after year that they are more than capable of hosting this World Class event. Over and above the excitement of the fast paced rugby, George has many picturesque tourist offerings nestled along its green belt.
With the news that the IRB are meeting in February 2011 to determine the possibility of another venue hosting the tournament, I would like to encourage them to confirm George as an important venue on their calendar.
George has already proven its capability and has a place in the hearts of thousands of rugby fans that make their annual trip down the Garden Route to witness sporting excellence at its best. It also has the infrastructure to host international teams and their support staff, as well as international fans.
The Western Cape is the home of Sevens rugby, lets make every effort to continue welcoming the teams to our beautiful province and its world class sporting facilities."
The annual two day tournament and festival will be taking place at the Outeniqua Park Stadium on 10-11 December in George. Since 2002 the town has spent over R20-million on the tournament and established itself as one of the main attractions on the sevens global tour.
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