Tokyo Olympics organizers have held a test event for rugby at the Tokyo Stadium last Thursday as they look into regaining momentum for the Olympic games. The Rugby event is set to happen three months from now with less than a hundred days to go.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, organizers have put on hold their test events this months prior to the pandemic. They have now since resumed attempts to test their match ground for the coming Olympic Games, but due to difficulties some have already been postponed and or moved outside of Japan.
Water polo and BMX cycling have both been delayed already, while diving has been rescheduled. Artistic and marathon swimming will now also be held outside of the country.
Olympic test events are important dress rehearsals to confirm the operational capabilities of the venues, says reports.
Last Thursday’s rugby event was an “operational test” that did not involve an official matches, and no international players, match officials or spectators were present.
Only players from the Japanese national women’s and men’ sevens teams took part in the test event, as the women’s team playing two short matches and the men played one. Perhaps also an opportunity for the Japanese teams to prepare for the Olympic Games and get them some game time.
The women, in their final match, simulated a game between Japan and South Africa that involved the two sides standing for the countries’ national anthems.
Tokyo Stadium will be the venue for rugby, which returned to the Olympics at Rio 2016 in the sevens format, from July 26 to 31. The stadium was also the venue for the opening ceremony of the Rugby World Cup in 2019.
The Summer Tokyo Olympics, has been delayed by a year because of the pandemic, are scheduled to open on July 23, 2021.