Scotland has missed out on the opportunity to host the 2018 World Championships of Gay and Inclusive Rugby, known as the Bingham Cup.
Rival city Amsterdam has won the bid after a round of voting by international representatives of inclusive rugby. Edinburgh had been shortlisted as a host city thanks to the strength of a professional and well-supported bid by the Caledonian Thebans.
The team and committee had been waiting nervously for the final decision since they submitted the bid earlier in the summer. The bid included plans to host the tournament at BT’s Murrayfield Stadium and was supported by First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon.
Thebans had hoped that nearly 100 inclusive rugby teams from all over the world would provide an economic and tourism boost to Scotland’s capital city in the spring of 2018. Instead, the Thebans and sister club the Glasgow Alphas, will now head to the continent for in their bid to win the cup.
Pink Saltire pass our sincere congratulations to the winning bid city and commiserations to the players and committee at Caledonian Thebans. Thanks for having the vision and confidence to put our great country forward.