Olympic Sevens Champion Jasa Veremalua Pulls Out of Postponed Tokyo 2020

Jasa Veremalua, a champion at the Rio 2016 Olympics, has said that he will not be participating in the postponed Tokyo 2020 Olympics, according to a report by the Fiji Sun.

The 31-year-old Fiji Sevens star stated that he would have taken part if it were not for the COVID-19 pandemic, and is giving way for younger stars to take his place.

“The postponement has given them another chance to prepare well and defend the title,” Veremalua said to the Fiji Sun.

“I thought if it was held this year then I would have taken time to talk with the coaching staff.

“It is time to give others a chance, count me out – there are a lot of boys in the squad and others who play in local tournaments.

“We know that coach Gareth Baber and the selectors are aware of the numbers of players who want to make the team.

“My message to the boys is give their time and mind to training well.”

Veremalua made his first appearance at the Wellington Sevens in 2013.

He helped Fiji achieve their first ever Olympic Medal at the Rio 2016 Olympics.

Rugby sevens made its Olympic debut at Rio 2016, with Fiji’s gold their first medal of any colour from any sport.

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