Canada must wait to qualify for Tokyo Olympics

By Machuki Sundaa

Canada were hoping to seal qualification for the 2020 Olympics on home ground but they have to wait until the last leg of the HSBC World Sevens Series to book their ticket to Tokyo.

The Canadian women finished fifth at their own Langford Sevens at the weekend, the penultimate tournament of the six-leg series, but are still in a good position to qualify for the Olympics.

They lost to United States in the quarter-finals and their fifth place was worth 12 points, which meant they slipped from second to third place in the overall standings with 78 points.

The Americans are second on 80 with Langford winners New Zealand clinching their place in Tokyo having garnered 92 points. Australia are fourth on 74 points.

“We just had some unforced errors, good teams like the US and Australia punish you, and they got us. I’m not disappointed with the game- I’m disappointed with the result, obviously,” coach John Tait was quoted as saying by BC Local News.

Charity Williams, who scored the sole try for Canada in the quarter-final match against the USA, was quoted as saying in the Canadian Press: “I have 100 per cent confidence we’re going to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.”

The last stop on the world series for women is Biarritz, France on June 15-16.

Main photo credit: Mike Lee – KLC fotos, World Rugby

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