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AT A MEETING of the UIC General Assembly in Montréal last month, the return to membership of Russian Railways after an absence of 58 years was approved unanimously. A series of joint ’technical discussions’ will now take place, leading to full membership for RZD in about a year.UIC Chairman Benedikt Weibel described the return of RZD as ’a prime example of the spirit of the October 2005 Delhi Declaration, which set out to transform UIC into a real worldwide organisation’.The General Assembly also approved a new two-level governance structure. At the global level, the Executive Board membership has been increased and balanced between the world’s railway regions. Five Regional Assemblies will cover Asia, Africa, Europe, the Middle East and the Americas. These will have ’a large degree of autonomy, with permanent support on hand from a regional support unit’.
Rugby League BY ISAAC LIRI Bringing the women’s international rugby league test match to Goroka, Eastern Highlands is a crucial part of growing the women’s game in all corners of the country. International Rugby League Southern Hemisphere General Manager Jeremy Edwards said Goroka ticked all the boxes after several visits were made by the PNG Rugby Football League and IRL prior to the confirmation. Edwards said after dialogues with the PNG Rugby Football League Chairman Sandis Tsaka, Goroka was pointed out. “Its’ very important for international rugby league to spread the game of rugby league to other centers of the country and not stay in only one part of the country,” Edwards said. “Papua New Guinea is one exciting part of the world with 8 million people so we have to take the game to the people and we can’t expect people to come to us all the time. “With all the different languages spoken here, we have different cultural aspects so its’ really important that we can showcase the different cultures to the rest of the world too. “We have a market in Port Moresby but then the crowd numbers were slipping away and came to the realization that the market in Port Moresby was saturated so we were thinking, where do we go. “Should we go to places like Lae or Madang and then Sandis suggested Goroka and then we came to visit the facility at National Sports Institute so we started talking and made this possible. “The opportunity is not just for this weekend, we have next year and the year after.” Edwards believes that hosting the historical women’s rugby league test match in Goroka will inset memorable moments in the minds and hearts of young women who dream of becoming a PNG Orchid sometime in the future. “This test match will absolutely have a huge impact on young girls in Goroka to dream to one day become an Orchid in the future,” he said.