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Tokyo 2020 Olympic Rugby dates announced
By Patrick Korir | Wed 25 Jul, 2018 08:38

Last week, the International Olympic Committee approved the competition schedule for all 33 sports at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games announcing all the games will be played from 24 July to 9 August 2020.

World Rugby, the overseers of Rugby across the globe have now fitted in their dates for Rugby Sevens which is one of the sport expected to light up Japan during the Oympics.

Also read 2018/19 Sevens Series to double up as route to Tokyo 2020

Rugby sevens will again feature in the first week of competition with matches being played across six days of two sessions per day from 27 July to 1 August.

In what will be a reverse of the Rio 2016 format - where Rugby Sevens returned to the Olympics for the first time since 1924 - the men’s competition will be played over the first three days, from 27 July, while the women’s competition will take place over the final three days, from 31 July. The medals day will be on the iconic ‘Super Saturday’ on 1 August.

Kenya 7s featured in the 2016 Olympics after clawing Zimbabwe 21-17 in the African qualifiers the year before through a last play try by Dennis Ombachi. They ended up 11th in the 16-team tournament just like their female counterparts Kenya Lionesses who had replaced South Africa at the event.

World Rugby Chairman Bill Beaumont said: “This is the moment that the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games comes alive for our players and fans around the world. With two years to go, the competition dates are set, excitement is building, and I am anticipating an outstanding sevens and Games.

“By alternating the schedule, the world’s top women’s teams have the opportunity to shine on ‘Super Saturday’, the biggest moment of the Games, which is extremely exciting for the advancement and popularity of women’s sevens.”

Though its two years away, the global rugby family is being asked to support Tokyo 2020’s social media campaign by encouraging players and unions to post images with the international sign for peace. The campaign will use the hashtags #Tokyo2020 and #2yearstogo.

Patrick Korir
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