Olympic gold medalist Bradley Wiggins will be in attendance for the annual Dubai Rugby 7’s over the United Arab Emirates’ national day weekend.
Wiggins will be taking part in this year’s event as a water carrier for the Joining jack fund-raising team by joining the international veteran section of the event.
The Tour de France winner and Wigan Warriors fan pledged his support of former rugby league stars that are competing to help raise awareness of Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
Andy Johnson, former Wigan player, has set up the charity after his son was diagnosed with the incurable illness and has said that he is delighted that Wiggins is on board.
Johnson told The National that “After everything he's done, he's the man of the moment and it's an enormous boost for us, just as it is with those who are putting the boots on and playing,” speaking of the cycling superstar.
The Joining jack team will consist of the legendary 1990’s Wigan team comprising Kris Radlinski, Jason Robinson, Martin Offiah, Denis Betts, Henry Paul, Gary Connolly and Sean Long.
The National quoted Wiggins saying that he reckons the rugby league is the “the hardest sport in the world, I never have tried rugby league I wouldn't dare either.”
“It is the hardest sport in the world, I think, without a doubt. It is so physical,” he added.
Wiggins has said he feared joining the Joining jack team and was surprised when he knew who he was, “I did say to them, they are going to know who I am, aren't they?”
“They are all my heroes. They always have been, especially the Wigan lads, the Invincibles like Steve Hampson, Mick Cassidy, Jason Robinson, Martin Offiah, Kris Radlinski.”
Radlinski said that he had been stars truck when he met the Olympic champion, “We have got to know him well over the past few months. We didn't ask him to come here, he offered. Given the awards that are coming his way over the next few months and the success he has had, it is a great plus for the charity.”
Wiggins is this year’s favorite to win for the BBC’s prestigious sports personality of the year.