Kenya 7s returns to SA for Olympic qualifiers
South Africa will host the Africa 7s/Tokyo 2020 Olympic 7s qualifiers in November 8 and 9, 2019 according to Kenya Rugby Union.
As it stands, Kenya will be joined by Zimbabwe, Uganda, Madagascar, Zambia, Tunisia, Senegal, Morocco, Namibia, Ghana, Botswana, Mauritius, Côte d’Ivoire and Nigeria.
Africa 7s winner will qualify for Tokyo 2020 while runners up will head to global repechage for another chance to qualify for the Olympics.
Top four teams from the 2019 HSBC World Sevens Series will gain automatic qualification to the Olympic 7s with Kenya 7s set to miss out as they sit 13th with 26 points.
South Africa, who won Singapore 7s on Sunday, occupy fourth place with 121 points; 14 above England. If South Africa were to miss automatic qualification, they would come back to Africa 7s to seek regional qualification.
Kenya 7s qualified for 2016 Rio Olympics through Africa 7s where they beat Zimbabwe 21-19 in South Africa courtesy of a last minute try by Dennis Ombachi. Current head coach Paul Murunga was Benjamin Ayimba’s assistant then.
The final opportunity for Olympic qualification will be at the men’s and women’s World Rugby Olympic Repechage tournament which will take place in a window between the end of the regional qualifiers and June 2020. It will feature 12 women’s and 12 men’s teams with the second and third team in each regional competition invited to participate.
Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Regional Qualification tournament schedule:|
|1-2 JUNE, 2019:||South America - Lima, Peru (women’s)|
|29- 30 JUNE, 2019:||South America – Santiago, Chile (men’s)|
|6-7 JULY, 2019:||North America – George Town, Cayman Islands (combined)|
|13-14 JULY, 2019:||European - Colomiers, France (men’s)|
|13-14 JULY, 2019:||European - Kazan, Russia (women’s)|
|7-9 NOVEMBER, 2019:||Oceania – Suva, Fiji (combined)|
|9-10 NOVEMBER, 2019: ||Asia – Guangzhou, China (women’s) |
|23-24 NOVEMBER, 2019:||Asia – Incheon, Korea (men’s)|
|8-9 NOVEMBER, 2019: ||Africa - Johannesburg, South Africa (Men’s and Women’s)|
|TBC, 2020:||Olympic Games Repechage|