The French Union bid their women’s 7s “bon voyage” as they flew out to Japan yesterday. The French women are one of the favored contenders for an Olympic medal, specially after their dominating performance in Monaco were they booked their tickets to Tokyo with an unbeaten record.
The French women had to go through the last Olympic Repechage in Monaco to qualify for the Tokyo Olympic Games after narrowly missing out via the World Series. France along with the Russian women took home the last two tickets to the Olympic Games for the women’s tournament, while Ireland won the last of the men’s, beating the French men in the finals.
The Fijiana 7s have also arrived in Oita with the men’s team, as they posted photos of the ladies during a team dinner.
The Fijiana women are on a high after creating the biggest upset in post pandemic rugby after beating the defending Olympic women’s gold medalists Australia at the Oceania Sevens in Queensland.
Fiji have come out of the pandemic, taking a few plays from the men’s team and pressuring the champions through out the game.
The Brazilian women have also landed in the land of anime and sushi as they make preparations and to climatize. The Brazilians have made massive improvement to their game since they debut five years ago. With players like Bianca Silva proving to be a threat for top teams as she burns her opponents in foot races.
Silva has been updating her fans on Instagram documenting their first days in Japan. The speedster shows the team enjoying their time in Nagato, Japan as they relax before training. Another posts shows the team in their team bus as they prepare to train for the first time in Japan before the Olympic Games kicks off.
With the Tokyo games only weeks away teams have been flying in to Japan to get accustomed to the Japanese climate.
The men’s team will kick off the games with the hosts Japan going against Fiji the defending Olympic gold medalists on July 26. While the women’s tournament is set to kick off after on July 29.
The world awaits for the return of the long over due Olympic Games as the world prepares for the new normal of sports around the world.
A recent announcement by the Olympic organizers has said that they will no longer allow fans on the stands for safety reasons as Japan struggles to control a new strain of the Covid-19 virus.