CHANDIGARH: Cyclists Ron Rutland and James Owens have arrived in Chandigarh as part of their Race to Rugby World Cup 2019. This unique initiative is aimed at providing disadvantaged children and young people in Asia an opportunity to participate in sports and learn vital life skills through rugby for development program ChildFund Pass It Back.
As the official logistics partner for Rugby World Cup, DHL is providing essential support to these cyclists in their extreme journey, as part of which the cyclists have undertaken an ambitious quest to cycle 20,093 km across Europe and Asia.
Sandeep Juneja, vice president – Sales & Marketing, DHL Express India, says: “We are excited to welcome the two cyclists - Ron Rutland and James Owens, in India. The over 20,000 km long expedition panning 231 days demonstrates the can-do spirit, passion and teamwork of the cyclists which are synonymous to what DHL stands for. Being the Official Logistics Partner to the Rugby World Cup, we have seamlessly stitched the journey of Ron and James across 27 countries, in sync with our global network that provides access to over 220 countries to our customers.”
The cyclists started their quest from the Twickenham Stadium in London on February 2 and will conclude in Tokyo on September 19, ahead of the opening match of Rugby World Cup 2019 – played between Japan and Russia.
DHL is managing the transportation of the tournament and team equipment from around the world to Japan and across the country.
The duo will deliver the official match whistle all the way to Tokyo Stadium for the opening of the Rugby World Cup. DHL is tracking the whistle through each of the 27 countries, giving access to the fans to follow the countdown to the World Cup from www.racetorwc.com.