Fiji to host Oceania Regional qualifier for Tokyo 2020 Olympics
April 3, 2019 5:06 am
Fiji will host the men’s and women’s Oceania Regional Qualifier for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Sevens Competitions.
The top four placed teams in the current men’s and women’s World Series will earn automatic Olympic qualification, joining hosts Japan in the final draw in July next year.
New Zealand and Fiji are currently 2nd and 3rd respectively in the men’s series standings, while New Zealand and Australia are ranked 1st and 4th in the women’s competition.
The top-ranked teams at November’s Oceania men’s and women’s Sevens Championships in Suva that are yet to qualify for Tokyo will also secure their tickets to Japan, with equivalent competitions being held in Asia, Africa, Europe, South, and North America.
The final opportunity for Olympic qualification will be at the men’s and women’s World Rugby Olympic Repechage tournament in the first half of 2020, which will feature 12 women’s and men’s teams, with the second and third team in each regional competition invited to participate.
Four years ago the Australian men and Fiji women qualified for the Rio Olympics by winning the 2015 Oceania Sevens Championships.
Samoa was subsequently beaten by Spain in the men’s Repechage final in 2016, while the Manu Sina women’s team were eliminated in the quarterfinals by Kazakhstan.