Jamaica set sights on 2020 Tokyo Olympics

By Machuki Sundaa

Jamaica are hoping two tournaments in England over the summer will help them in their quest to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

The men’s and women’s squad are taking part in the Olympic regional qualifier at the Rugby Americas North Sevens Tournament in the Cayman Islands from July 6-7later on 6th – 7th July 2019

To bolster their squad, the men’s Crocs’ squad will feature a number of players who are based in Britain, as well as from home.

“Of course, English rugby has had players with West Indian links – Jason Robinson, for example, has a Jamaican heritage,” d London-based back Conan Osborne told Press Association. “And we have players based in England who are professionals and playing a good standard of rugby. But if a Jamaican team could play at the Olympics, I think that would be a huge statement.

“Jamaica has an abundance of fast and strong athletes that would make world-beating rugby players, but historically has paid not much attention to rugby. That may all be about to change,” added Osborne, a former Richmond player.

The sde, coached by Huntley Anderson coached won the Rugby Americas North Sevens tournament three times, the last being in 2018, and have taken part in the HSBC World Rugby Sevens qualifying tournaments in 2013, 2017, 2018 and 2019 in Hong Kong.

The men’s team, who have recently received sponsorship from food firm Tropical Sun, made history as the first Caribbean side to play Rugby World Cup Sevens and Commonwealth games in 2018 and hope to inspire young people to play sevens rugby by qualifying for the 2020 Olympics Games.

Main photo credit: Tropical Sun Blog

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