UAERF to finalise League and Touch Rugby Committees

The UAERF confirmed that a meeting with two UAE-based rugby league club spokesmen, Mike Quinn of Dubai Sharks and Keleto Dyer of Al Ain Amblers, had already taken place and another with touch rugby representative John Larkin will now be held imminently.

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Published: Tue 19 May 2015, 2:00 PM

Last updated: Thu 25 Jun 2015, 10:58 PM

Dubai — The UAE Rugby Federation (UAERF) announced on Monday that they expect respective committees set up to represent and continue the activities of the rugby league and touch codes here to be ratified by the end of this week.

The UAERF confirmed that a meeting with two UAE-based rugby league club spokesmen, Mike Quinn of Dubai Sharks and Keleto Dyer of Al Ain Amblers, had already taken place and another with touch rugby representative John Larkin will now be held imminently.

A board meeting will then take place tomorrow (Wednesday) to endorse the UAE Rugby League Committee (UAERLC) and the UAE Touch Rugby Committee and to establish board member Saoud Belshalat as chairman of the newly-created UAERLC.

“I’m very happy to be appointed as chairman of the UAE Rugby League Committee,” Belshalat said.
“I look forward to working closely with the clubs to steer rugby league into a positive future in the UAE.”

The UAERF’s secretary general Qais Al Dhalai added: “I’m delighted to report the fruitful correspondences achieved between the UAERF and the RLIF during the last week and we are very happy that we now provide this growing code – currently enjoyed by four clubs – an official, legal voice and representation in the UAE.

“During the summer months, plans will be created for each of the codes to implement programmes which are current as well as future fixtures to complete the activity calendar.”

The Rugby League International Federation (RLIF) and the Rugby League European Federation (RLEF) were advised of both the formation of the committee and the meetings with the club chairmen via email a week ago.

It was seemingly re-iterated in this official correspondence that the newly-formed committee and its board will follow “due process” under the auspices of the General Authority of Youth and Sports Welfare (GAYSW) and the UAERF.

All of the necessary licences and permits to continue rugby league activities in the UAE will also be obtained by the UAERF, who reemphasised their commitment to ‘work with the regional and international bodies’ and ‘follows the game rules and regulations as set by the respective rugby league federations.’

The UAERF also confirmed that they had withdrawn their case against the one-time Rugby League Commission president Sleiman Mohammed Elmokdad (‘Sol Mokdad’) after three conditions were mutually agreed ‘in the spirit of allowing the game of rugby league to move forward under new custodianship and governance.’

Mokdad has thus confirmed in writing to the regional and international rugby league bodies that he is no longer involved with ‘overseeing and managing the code of rugby league under UAE jurisdiction.’

He has also written to the UAERF to clarify that he will ‘not carry on any future activity that relates to any code of rugby within the UAE without gaining written approval or consent from the UAE Rugby Federation.’

Mokdad also made clear that the UAERF ‘is not liable or responsible for any of his previous, present and future misconduct or misbehaviour during his residency in the UAE.’



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