South Africa will host rugby Africa Men’s Sevens next week in Johannesburg as a qualification for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, said the South Africa Rugby Union on Thursday.
A total of the 14 African countries will take part in the tournament on Nov. 8-9 which would lead the gold medallists to directly qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. The South Africa Rugby Union said the best two teams will also be in the mix for the World Rugby Sevens Series qualifier tournament.
“We are honored to organize the event for the Tokyo Olympic Games. South Africa is already qualified through the World Series ranking and we are pleased that Africa will have at least two representatives in the Olympic tournament. Since rugby is very popular in South Africa, we will provide a great stage for a vibrant tournament,” Jurie Roux, CEO of SA Rugby.
The Rugby Africa President Khaled Babbou said they are looking forward to the tournament. He said the tournament would ensure they end the season in style.
Babbou said, “I am expecting truly competitive matches and fantastic two days for the players and spectators. It’s another milestone and an opportunity to showcase the development of rugby on the African continent. May the qualified team shine at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games to create more opportunities for African teams in the future.”
The participating teams include Zimbabwe, Kenya, Uganda, Madagascar, Zambia, Tunisia, Senegal, Morocco, Namibia, Ghana, Botswana, Mauritius, Cote d’Ivoire and Nigeria. Enditem