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World Rugby and the Rugby World Cup Organising Committee to speak at Stadia & Arena Japan this month

Stadia & Arena Japan and Sports Business Japan have announced that representatives from both World Rugby and the Rugby World Cup 2019 Organising Committee will be speaking at the event, which takes place on 30th and 31st August at the Knowledge Capital Congress Convention Center, Osaka, Japan.

Entitled A special update on preparations for the Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan, three key speakers – Mick Wright, Executive Director for Event Delivery, Rugby World Cup 2019 Organising Committee; Ross Aitken (pictured), Rugby World Cup 2019 Venues and Cities Director, World Rugby; and Takano Tsutomu, Director of Venue Management, JR 2019 – will present the latest on the 12 venues across Japan and the implications for the host cities as they prepare for the world’s 3rd largest sports event (after the Summer Olympics and the Football World Cup).

Mick Wright was one of the senior leadership team that successfully delivered the last Rugby World Cup in England 2015, with responsibility for building and developing the team, leading the planning and delivery of all of the services ranging across the Tournament footprint. Mick commenced his major international events experience as Head of Logistics for the London Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games 2012 (LOCOG). 

While Ross Aitken joined the IRB (World Rugby) in September 2014, and also worked closely with the England 2015 organising committee to deliver the venues and cities for Rugby World Cup 2015. During the 2015 tournament, Ross fulfilled his role of Venues and Cities Manager as well as the operational role of Match Commissioner, where he oversaw matches at Villa Park, Leicester City Stadium and Twickenham Stadium, including the Rugby World Cup Final between New Zealand and Australia.

This is one of a number of high profile speakers at the event.  Also announced this week is Shaun Dawson, the Chief Executive of London’s Lee Valley Regional Park Authority.

With 2,000+ visitors expected, Stadia & Arena Japan will be APAC’s largest gathering of sports venue professionals.
There is one week left to book your delegate pass(es) at the Early Bird Rate – saving between 20-30%! – so please reserve your ticket today to avoid disappointment. 

Stadia & Arena Japan and Sports Business Japan take place from 30th-31st of this month (August) with a two-day conference featuring many influential figures from both the international and the Japanese sports venue markets, plus the chance of an exclusive tour of the Panasonic Stadium Suita. Check out the full conference programme here.

Register for your delegate or visitor pass here.