Tokyo 2020: Olympics loom large for Hong Kong rugby sevens teams following Japan presented free of charge pass
Hong Kong’s guys and girls will face much easier route in Asian regional qualifiers just after Japanese specified automatic berths
Tokyo seems a great deal nearer around the horizon for Hong Kong’s rugby players immediately after World Rugby sent the great information concerning the 2020 Olympic Games qualification course of
Japan, as hosts, ended up normally likely to learn from automatic qualification for the Summer season Games rugby sevens celebration from July 27 to August one within the Tokyo Stadium - which would ease the path for their most significant
rivals in Asia, Hong Kong, to get paid their spot in the Olympics.
And all it needed was formal affirmation, which arrived on Monday night time when Entire world Rugby also introduced venues for the continental qualifying tournaments.
Robbie McRobbie, chief government with the Hong Kong Rugby Union, was delighted but insisted Hong Kong have been often one of the favourites to qualify for your Olympics soon after profitable Asian Games gold in Jakarta previous
12 months, if they defeat Japan in the remaining.
“Even if Japan were from the blend, after the Asian Online games gold medal, we might continue to sense we have been in having a shout,” McRobbie told the South China Early morning Write-up. “Now, with
Japan owning automatic qualification,
it absolutely opens factors up for both of those the men plus the women of all ages.”
The rugby sevens competitors with the Tokyo Game titles will element twelve men’s and 12 women’s teams. The very best 4 men’s and women’s teams immediately after this year’s HSBC Environment Sevens
Series will qualify with the Olympics.
The remaining eight spots will likely be crammed by way of qualifiers. The 6 regional competitions for men and women between June and November this yr will make 6 qualifiers each individual, with the other groups having a
next alter to qualify to the two remaining berths by using a repechage.
Hong Kong’s adult males will take part in the Asian qualifying in Incheon, South Korea, from November 23-24, whilst the women’s qualifier is in Guangzhou, China, from November 9-10.
Hong Kong’s women will experience stiff competitors from hosts China, who will be a main group over the Environment Series but would likely need to go through qualifiers when they would like to play in Tokyo.