Sunak to back UK bids to host Women’s Rugby World Cup and Grand Départ

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The UK volition purpose to big the 2025 Women’s Rugby World Cup and the 2026 Tour de France Grand Départ, with the chancellor acceptable to pledge £30m to enactment the bids.

Rishi Sunak is expected to marque the backing announcement successful Wednesday’s fund and spending review, arsenic good arsenic an further £11m towards a associated UK and Ireland bid for the men’s shot World Cup successful 2030.

However, it remains to beryllium seen if the disorder astatine the Euro 2020 final astatine Wembley successful July volition person a antagonistic interaction connected the latter, aft Uefa fined the FA and demanded England play a location fixture without fans successful 2022.

On Monday the FA launched an autarkic reappraisal into occupation astatine the match, which the Three Lions mislaid connected penalties to Italy, with spectators asked to capable successful a survey.

But the chancellor said helium was excited astatine the imaginable of bringing “world-class sporting events to the UK”.

He said: “That’s wherefore I’m backing these British bids, with implicit £40m of backing to marque our case. Our bids volition see events taking spot crossed the country, and I’m hopeful that everyone volition get a accidental to cheer connected their sporting heroes.”

The authorities has antecedently committed £2.8m of taxpayers’ wealth for a feasibility survey into a 2030 men’s shot World Cup bid.

But aft failed attempts to unafraid hosting rights for the aforesaid tourney successful 2006 and past again successful 2018, the worth of specified a bid has travel under expanding scrutiny, including by MPs.

The caput for digital, culture, media and sport, Nadine Dorries, said: “The UK has a proven, world-beating grounds for staging the biggest events successful sport.

“We are backing some ambitious bids with backing due to the fact that they volition springiness radical the accidental to spot fantastic world-class athletics connected location ungraded and hosting specified prestigious events volition boost section economies, jobs and opportunities.”

The authorities besides emphasised its tendency to bring “world-class sport” to radical surviving “outside the south-east”.

The Tour de France Grand Départ bid includes stages successful England, Scotland and Wales, portion for the Women’s Rugby World Cup, much than 75% of concern would beryllium extracurricular south-east England, it said.

Dame Katherine Grainger, the seat of UK Sport,said: “We privation to scope towns and cities crossed the UK and turn a much divers and sustainable fanbase for the aboriginal of sport.”