Bermuda World Rugby Classic praznuje enakost in vključenost z mavričnimi vezalkami

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Čez nekaj dni se pozornost sveta spet vrača na Bermude, da nazdravi 30. obletnici svetovnega klasika v ragbiju – ter proslavi enakost in vključenost na igrišču in zunaj njega.

Od leta 1988 se najboljša imena mednarodnega ragbija odpravljajo na Bermude na svetovno klasiko ragbija, enega najbolj vznemirljivih dogodkov na bermudskem športnem koledarju. Na tisoče navijačev z Bermudskih otokov in po vsem svetu ponovno uživa v tednu odličnega mednarodnega ragbija, družabnih dogodkov in vzdušja, ki je edinstveno v igri.

Razlika letos? Prvič bo ragbi ekipa Irish Legends nosila mavrične vezalke za čevlje, da bi poslala sporočilo enakosti, športnosti in vključenosti, ki je še posebej pomembno družinam in državljanom OUTBermud in Bermudskih LGBTQ.

Speaking for OUTBermuda, Adrian Hartnett-Beasley said, “Growing up, there should be no barrier to sports based on your sexual orientation – every person belongs in the game, including every LGBTQ child and family. We are honored to partner with the World Rugby Classic to involve everyone in support of LGBTQ equality. Personally, as someone who grew up playing rugby in Bermuda and in youth exhibitions at the Classic, I’m thrilled as an out gay Bermudian that diversity and inclusion are being further recognized and affirmed in Bermuda. Lacing up may seem a small thing to do, yet this has a lasting impact for every sports fan and every player. If just one person is positively affected by this initiative, then it has been successful.”

Ronan Kane, Events Director, World Rugby Classic, said: “Rugby is a uniquely welcoming sport. In no other sport will you see a 160-pound person attempting to tackle a 260-pound person! It is a sport for all shapes and sizes and one that recognizes diversity and promotes inclusion. The World Rugby Classic is proud to support the LGBTQ movement and firmly believes that everyone is created equal, whether they weigh 160 pounds or 260 pounds, whether they are straight or gay and regardless of race or gender. The spirit of rugby encourages a more equal society for everyone in Bermuda and around the world.”

Predstavnik Irish Legends je dodal: »Vsak športnik bi moral tekmovati, saj ve, da se njegove možnosti povečajo, ko se v igro v celoti vključi. Če te vezalke vzbujajo upanje in spremenijo nekatera srca in misli, potem so tudi preproste vezalke zmaga za človekove pravice in sprejemanje.«

Sean Field-Lament, President of the Bermuda Rugby Football Union, pledged the enthusiastic support of the BRFU too, by adding, “The BRFU is committed to supporting initiatives that reduce bullying, promote diversity and inclusivity. The sport of Rugby is open and welcoming to all, including those in the LGBTQ community. We applaud the work being undertaken by OUTBermuda and look forward to seeing the rainbow laces on the field and collaborating with them in the future.”

What: Rainbow Laces come to the World Rugby Classic, Hamilton, Bermuda

Where: Bermuda National Sports Centre, Devonshire, outside Hamilton

When: 2:15 pm, Sunday, November 4, 2018 match between Ireland and France

Why: By taking this action at one of Bermuda’s most popular sporting competition, World Rugby Classic, Irish Legends and the Bermuda Rugby Football Union join with OUTBermuda to send the world the message that rugby is an inclusive sport which has at its heart character-building values of passion, integrity, solidarity, respect and discipline – for all.

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