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Kenya Lionesses qualify for Tokyo 2020 Olympic 7s
By Eric Njiru | Sun 13 Oct, 2019 16:24

Kenya Lionesses have qualified for 2020 Tokyo Olympics 7s after reaching cup final at the ongoing Africa 7s in Tunisia. 

They beat Tunisia 19-0 in the semi final.

Kenya went on to lose 15-14 to South Africa in the cup final at but the Springbok Women cannot qualify for Tokyo 7s. This is due to South Africa Olympic committee not allowing them to qualify for the summer games set for 2020. 

Apart from Olympics, Kenya Lionesses also qualified for HSBC World Sevens Series qualification tournament that will run con-currently with Hong Kong 7s in April 2020.

Tunisia and Madagascar finished third and fourth to secure a place at the Olympics repechage to be held towards the end of 2019/20 World sevens series.

South Africa beat Madagascar 29-0 in the second semi to hand Kenya the through pass. 

Kenya 7s led 7-0 at the interval after Cynthia Camilla''s try that was converted by fly-half Grace Adhiambo. Cellestine Masinde added Kenya's second to double the lead with Janet Okello rounding off the scoring with a final minute try. 

Kenya Lionesses beat Zimbabwe 26-5 cup quarters on Sunday morning. Kenya 7s won all her three pool matches beating Ghana 36-0, Botswana 49-0 and Senegal 36-0 to top pool A. 

South Africa reclaimed the title they won between 2013 and 2017 to achieve their weekend target - to qualify for World sevens series qualification tournament.

The Rugby Africa Women’s Sevens is the third regional qualifier on the road to Tokyo after tournaments in South America and Europe took place in June and July respectively, with this weekend’s winner joining Brazil and Great Britain in Tokyo.

The HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series 2019 acted as the principal route for qualification, with New Zealand, USA, Canada and Australia claiming the coveted top four spots to secure their places at Tokyo 2020.

As host nation, Japan automatically qualified, taking the number of confirmed women’s teams to seven at present.

Eric Njiru
Award-winning, bold, independent Rugby Journalist and Radio Presenter in Kenya, Southern Hemisphere with experience in Match-Day Reporting, News and Interviews. Covering Kenya 7s around the World. Email: ericnjiru41@gmail.com +254726205521
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