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FRU Says Ryan’s Figures Off The Mark

In a statement yesterday, the FRU said the $1million highlighted by Ryan was greatly exaggerated and not factual. “The figures quoted by Ben in terms of the cost of the
25 Jan 2018 11:00
FRU Says Ryan’s Figures Off The Mark
Ben Ryan

In a statement yesterday, the FRU said the $1million highlighted by Ryan was greatly exaggerated and not factual.

“The figures quoted by Ben in terms of the cost of the bid have been greatly exaggerated and are not factual.

“In addition to this, all costs associated with the promotion of the bid on local television and radio stations have been met by those stations at no cost to the FRU in support of our bid.”

In a lengthy post on his public Facebook page Ryan said he was not prepared to back the bid as he had serious doubts.

“The overseas consultants asked for a budget of $1million just to put together the bid. That’s hugely excessive and a massive waste of money,” he said.

“What are they spending it all on? The bid should cost zero dollars to put together as it’s a process that can be done using FRU staff and their internal resources. No other bidder for a leg is spending anywhere near that amount…It’s wastefulness of the highest degree.”

He said the tournament “will cost a huge amount of money to run and will not make a profit” and that taxpayers money will have to support the event.

But the FRU was fully aware of his views since they had sought his support for the Bid in August 2017 which he declined prior to the FRU making the decision to proceed with our bid.

“This is our first attempt to bid to host a World Sevens Series leg. And FRU is committed to our bid and we will do all that we can to bring home a leg of the World Sevens Series and prove to the world that we can run such an global event successfully.

“We thank all the organisations (both public and private) and likewise all Fijians who have signed up their support for our bid and would like to reassure every one of the FRU’s commitment to submit a credible and strong bid.

“We urge all Fijians to continue to support our bid since hosting such a global event will not only benefit rugby but all Fijians and more importantly the country.

 Edited by Anasilini Ratuva

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