World Rugby starts one year countdown to Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

By Machuki Sundaa

On 24th July 2019, World Rugby celebrated exactly one year to go before sevens rugby sevens makes its second appearance in the Olympic Games.

Tokyo Stadium will be home all the sevens rugby games with an expected increase of fans watching all over the world, from 17 million to an estimated 30 million.

The men’s competition will be played first across three days with two matches on each day.

The men’s event will run from 27th – 29th July while the women’s tournament will take place from 30th July – 1st August culminating with a gold medal ceremony on Super Saturday.

On its website World Rugby Chairman Sir Bill Beaumont was quoted as saying: “Just over one month ago we concluded a record-breaking season on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, and today we celebrate exactly one year until Tokyo 2020 where rugby sevens will make its second appearance in the Olympic Games programme. This is a very exciting time for our sport.

“After the incredible success of Rio 2016, which saw rugby sevens win the hearts of millions of new fans worldwide, we are confident that Tokyo will be an excellent platform to showcase our sport and inspire many more to take up playing or watching the unique game of sevens.

“We are both excited and honoured that rugby sevens will return to the biggest stage in sport where spectators will witness the players’ immense talent and athleticism over six action-packed days.”

Cumulatively 15 rugby sevens teams (eight men’s and seven women’s) have qualified to next year’s Olympic games while three regional qualification events; Africa Oceania and Asia are set to take place in October and November this year.

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