The “Road to Tokyo” of the rugby seven, in preparation for the Olympics continues to take shape, with 14 men’s and women’s teams in Dubai to participate in a High Performance preparation that includes two tournaments on April 2-3 and 8-9. Among them will be Los Pumas 7’s, champions in the last two tournaments that were played in Madrid.
Preparations are progressing well for the men’s and women’s tournament in Los Angeles the weekend of June 25-27, at Dignity Health Sports Park, a vital finale to many teams’ preparation for the Olympic Games in Tokyo.
For its part, due to the high risks of COVID-19 and the restrictions implemented in France, it was decided to postpone the HSBC Paris Sevens – Marcoussis, originally planned for May as the first leg of the women’s HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2021.
The decision follows the recommendation of the Fédération Française de Rugby (FFR) Medical Commission to its Council, with the full support of World Rugby. The well-being and safety of players, referees and the wider community is vital and the dynamic evolution of the situation in France made a common sense decision to postpone necessary.
An alternative date is being discussed between World Rugby and the FFR to carry out the tournament this year at the end of the Olympics.
To ensure that the teams are the best prepared for the Olympic Games and thanks to the support received from the International Olympic Committee, World Rugby is investing US $ 4 million in the seven union rugby programs already classified to the Games, and also to finance High Performance preparation events.
The Emirates Invitational 7s is one of the events supported by World Rugby as part of this investment, offering a valuable high-performance opportunity for participating teams in their preparation for the Olympic seven to be played July 26-31, 2021 at Tokyo Stadium.
The teams arrived in Dubai on March 26 and they settled in biological bubbles in the emirate with all the preparation and competition at the 7he Sevens stadium, an event that will be behind closed doors. Supporters will be able to follow the event on social and digital channels at @ dubai7s.
The men’s competition will feature Argentina *, Canada *, Chile **, France **, Japan *, Kenya *, Spain and Uganda **. The women’s tournament will feature Brazil *, Canada *, France *, Japan *, Kenya * and the United States *. (* = classified to the Olympic Games, ** = classified to the final Olympic qualifier).
The event will also serve as an Olympic preparation for referees, nominated by World Rugby. The squad of four consists of Paulo Duarte (Portugal), Francisco González (Uruguay), Nehuén Rivero (Argentina) and Damián Schneider (Argentina).
Potential hosts for other high-performance events leading up to the Olympics continue to be analyzed. As previously confirmed, Monaco to host World Rugby Sevens Repechage, the final qualifying tournament for Tokyo, the June 19-20, 2021. With 21 of the 24 countries already qualified, the two women’s teams and the remaining men’s team will emerge from Monaco.
World Rugby CEO Alan Gilpin said: “It is exciting to see the ‘Road to Tokyo’ taking shape with the return of the seven internationally. The Olympic Games offer us a great opportunity to increase interest in our sport, engaging with new audiences based on the athleticism, skill and drama of rugby seven. Developing rugby seven is a key World Rugby priority and we are investing US $ 4 million to support rugby seven programs and high-performance events this Olympic year. “
“While it is obviously disappointing for everyone involved to have to postpone the HSBC Paris Sevens – Marcoussis, it makes good sense, and is a well-being and safety-based decision on the advice of the FFR Medical Committee given the dynamic and evolving situation. current situation in France regarding COVID-19. The health, safety and well-being of the players, supporters and the wider community remains at the top of our consideration. “
“We continue to work collaboratively with all stakeholders as we look towards what promises to be an attractive and compact HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2021 after the Olympics.”
The scheduled schedule for the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2021 was unveiled in March and includes five women’s and four men’s rounds, with the potential possibility of adding two men’s tournaments, under negotiation.
After the Olympics, the circuit will begin with a men’s tournament in Singapore on October 29-30., followed by a combined event in Hong Kong November 5-7, Dubai December 3-4 followed by climax in Cape Town from the 10th to the 12th of the same month.
There are detailed meetings with London and Vancouver analyzing the feasibility of having men’s tournaments in the post-Games window and before the HSBC Singapore Sevens in October. Information will be updated when available.
The health and well-being of players, supporters and the wider community remains at the forefront of concern for World Rugby and the hosts, who will work closely with national governments and health agencies to ensure safe events.
Source: World Rugby
Los Pumas 7’s squad for Dubai: Santiago Álvarez (cap), Lautaro Bazán Vélez, Lucio Cinti, Joaquín de la Vega, Felipe Del Mestre, Rodrigo Etchart, Luciano González Rizzoni, Rodrigo Isgro, Fernando Luna, Santiago Mare, Ignacio Mendy, Marcos Moneta, Marcos Moroni, Matías Osadczuk, Gastón Revol, Franco Sábato and Germán Schulz.