Rugby Sevens will happen over six days in July 2021 after the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games organizing committee and the International Olympic Committee announced the revised competition schedule for the Games which had been postponed by a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games now set to happen in 2021 will commence on 23rd July 2021.
Rugby Sevens at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games will start with men’s rugby sevens competition running from 26th-28th July, with the women taking center stage from 29th-31st July.
Ruby Sevens made Olympic Games competition debut in 2016 with Fiji emerging men’s champions and gold medalists, while Australia won the women’s tie.
As previously announced, the rugby sevens will take place at the iconic Tokyo Stadium, which proved itself to be an excellent Rugby World Cup 2019 host venue, with a fantastic atmosphere and superb playing conditions.
The race to Tokyo Olympic qualification is almost complete with 21 of the 24 teams having already secured their tickets to Tokyo. The remaining two women’s and one men’s places will be decided at an Olympic Repechage event prior to the qualification deadline.
Uganda will join Brazil, Chile, Hong Kong of China, Jamaica, Mexico, Tonga, and Zimbabwe in the Olympic repechage to secure the last spot on the train to Tokyo. It was scheduled to happen in June 2020 but has since been postponed due to the CoronaVirus pandemic.
World Rugby Chairman Sir Bill Beaumont said: “The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games is the pinnacle event for the world’s finest rugby sevens players and confirmation of the competition dates is an exciting boost to the rugby community ahead of what promises to be a special Games.
“Set against the backdrop of society’s emergence from the COVID-19 pandemic, I am sure that Tokyo 2020 will be a special celebration of sport and solidarity.”