South Africa’s quest for Olympic gold as they take off

The South African men’s sevens national team flew out for Japan last Monday as they aim to take home gold.

The Olympic bronze medalists from the inaugural Rio Olympic Games in 2016 said that they will be aiming for the gold medal update this year in Tokyo.

The Blitzboks took home the bronze medal five years ago after beating Japan 54-14 in the battle for bronze. Japan will be a team to look out for this year as they host the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

Great Britain took home the silver medal after beating South Africa in the semis, while Fiji took home the historic gold medal.
The Olympic pools have been drawn and South Africa will face USA, Kenya and Ireland in the early stages of the tournament.

12 countries will compete in three groups of four for the men’s Tokyo Olympics. The top two in each group will move forward for the quarter finals as will the two next best teams.

Siviwe Soyizwapi is named the captain of the bronze medal squad this July 26-28.
South Africa will be opening their Olympic campaign against Ireland, a team that is expected to put up a good fight amongst the Olympic returnees. They will then follow with a game against Kenya on day one, before facing USA on day two.

SA MEN’S SEVEN SQUAD FOR TOKYO OLYMPICS:

Kurt-Lee Arendse, Angelo Davids, Zain Davids, Selvyn Davids, Chris Dry, Branco du Preez, Ronald Brown, Stedman Gans, Justin Geduld, Sakoyisa Makata, JC Pretorius, Siviwe Soyizwapi (captain), Impi Visser

Travelling reserve: Ruhan Nel