Bradford South MP Judith Cummins has welcomed the announcement that the Rugby League International Federation (RLIF) has been granted observer status by a global sports organisation.
The RLIF, which dates back to 1927, was awarded observer status at a meeting of the Global Assembly of International Sports Federations (GAISF) council on Wednesday, January 24.
The All-Party Parliamentary Rugby League Group, of which Judith is chair, had previously written to GAISF President Patrick Baumann in support of the RLIF’s application. GAISF is the umbrella organisation for international sports federations, and promotes its members, as well as providing expertise in areas such as anti-doping, integrity and social responsibility.
Observer status gives the RLIF the right to attend the GAISF General Assembly and allows it to take advantage of the GAISF network to grow and develop.
The RLIF has said observer status has been designed as the first step in the path towards fulfilment of all criteria required for GAISF membership.
Judith said: “I am delighted that the Global Assembly of International Sports Federations has awarded observer status to the Rugby League International Federation.
“This is an important decision, which will allow the sport to further develop in countries around the world, and especially where rugby league has struggled to secure government recognition. I look forward to further growth in our sport across the world in the coming years.”