Rugby’s position at the Olympic Games could be lost in the wake of the Francis Kean saga that has rocked the current World Rugby elections.
Kean, chairman of the Fiji Rugby Union, was Fiji’s representative nominated to run for a place on World Rugby’s executive committee – a nomination that was seconded by the French Rugby Federation.
However, Kean – who was a supporter of World Rugby chairman candidate Bill Beaumont – has since withdrawn his bid for a spot on the executive committee and resigned from his role at the FRU amid accusations of “rampant homophobia” and discrimination.
Those allegations of the man convicted of manslaughter in 2007 could yet have a significant impact on whether rugby remains in the Olympics.
According to the Daily Mail, the controversy has alleviated concerns about the vetting process of the officials who run the game, which could be in breach of the International Olympic Committee code of ethics.
The report reveals that ex-Samoa captain and Pacific Rugby Players Welfare chief executive Daniel Leo has penned a draft letter to the IOC calling for a probe into Kean’s background and the unions that supported his nomination.