RABBITOHS CEO EXPLAINS WHY HE SUPPORTS STARS PLAYING IN KOORI KNOCKOUT.

RABBITOHS CEO EXPLAINS WHY HE SUPPORTS STARS PLAYING IN KOORI KNOCKOUT.

 

The Koori Knockout carnival has been the most contentious issue in the NRL offseason, with arguments both for and against allowing the game’s biggest names to take part.

Because of its cultural importance to the Indigenous community, NRL stars have participated in this tournament at the conclusion of each season for years.

The tournament has been televised over the previous two years on free-to-air and pay TV, highlighting the challenging and physically demanding nature of the games.

Latrell Mitchell, an NRL star who turned down an Australian jersey due to an injury before playing in the competition days later, has also faced harsh criticism for his participation.
Tyrell Sloan has also received criticism for his decision to play.

Those worries were dismissed by Rabbitohs CEO Blake Solly, who also backed his players’ desire to compete in the competition wholeheartedly.

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“We’re probably a little different from most clubs in that we 100% support and want our players to play in the knockout,” Solly said to SEN 1170 Afternoons.

“There’s no idea of the players asking for our permission; they’re welcomed if it doesn’t conflict with representative games, or in this year’s case, our reserve grade interstate championship.

“We want them to participate in the knockout; we adore the occasion and believe it to be crucial for the indigenous community as well as rugby league.

In addition to urging the NRL community as a whole to support the event, Solly said he was pleased with the safety measures in place for the entire competition.

“I was up there this year for a day of it, I’ve seen it firsthand, it’s a knockout that the game should be celebrating and encouraging, helping to continue to grow and thrive rather than stopping,” Solly continued.

“We were happy with the protocols, and have been happy with them for a while.
It’s great that the NRL offers us the insurance because it gives us a little more peace of mind.

“I’m confident that the competition’s organizer will review this year’s tournament and, like any other competition’s organizer, improve it for next year.
That’s how that knockout has developed over the years.

Solly’s remarks follow Addo-Carr’s admission that he was eliminated from the tournament but continued to compete the following day.

 

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