Kenya Cup referee Victor Oduor will be among the match officials for this weekend’s Africa 7s that kicks-off on Friday Nov 8 in Jo’Burg, South Africa.
Oduor will join five other referees for the tournament that doubles up as qualifiers for Tokyo 2020 Olympic 7s.
Australian Sam Grove White, Jeremy Rodzier of France, Younes Marfoq of Morocco, Tunisia Aymen Njiri-and South African duo of Divan Uys and Morene Fereira will take charge across the weekend.
Kenya’s Johnbosco Muamba will be the referee manager, Deniver Wannies is named as match commissioner as Marcellin Zahui and Nomsebenxi Tsoesobe will be the citing commissioners.
Eight teams have already qualified for Tokyo 2020 – Japan as hosts and four through the series, Fiji, USA, New Zealand and South Africa, while Great Britain, Argentina and Canada came through their respective regional qualification tournaments.
With the Oceania Sevens also taking place this weekend, two more of the 12 spots will be taken up, leaving Asia as the last region to send a qualifier to Japan. The Asian qualification tournament takes place in Incheon, Korea later this month, on 23-24 November.
While Africa Sevens champion will take the direct route to Tokyo, the second and third-placed teams will go through to the World Rugby Global Repechage competition in June 2020 which will round off the qualification process.
As well as providing a ticket to Tokyo 2020, the teams finishing in first and second place at the Africa Men’s Sevens will be in the mix for the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series qualifier tournament with more details to be announced in due course.