Restructuring a priority for Union
By NAZVI CAREEM
THE Hong Kong Rugby Football Union directors last night held a meeting to discuss the body's future management structure, including the role of the chief executive officer, a position presently held by David Roberts whose two-year contract expires in September. The directors went through the reports of a management company the Union hired two months ago to suggest possible changes to the structure. Stuart Leckie, chairman of the HKRFU, said no concrete decisions were made but another meeting has been arranged for the first week of next month.
''I just arrived from holiday and I only received a draft of the report,'' said Leckie, recently elected for another two-year term as the Union's chairman. ''The question of the chief executive officer was one of many things discussed. It was our normal monthly meeting which we had two days early.
''I wanted quite a number of changes to be made to the report, but it would be quite wrong to say that major decisions were made.'' Roberts was present for the early stages of the meeting. Leckie added that it would be too early to predict how the future structure of the Union would shape up or whether Roberts' position would still exist should the hierarchy be revamped. ''I can assure you that we are not going to do anything radical,'' said Leckie. ''The consultant company was asked to suggest ways of making things better for us in the future, to provide a better structure for us to carry out our tasks. ''No-one wants to delay things. But now everyone has the report and we must now decide the best way forward.'' Australian Roberts, 44, formerly with the Queensland Rugby Union and Australian Hockey League, arrived in the territory in 1992 to take up a two-year contract following a worldwide search by the Union.
His brief included procuring sponsorship money for the Union's various programmes. But in the two years since his arrival, the Union have expanded their horizons. They have just moved their offices from North Point to Sports House in So Kon Po and a new clubhouse is to open in Wan Chai. The territory also won the right to stage the 1997 World Cup Sevens.