Good news for the Argentine arbitration that will have two representatives in the next Olympic Games to be played in Tokyo. Almost 100 days before the highest event in world sport, World Rugby announced the panel of 22 referees that will participate in the tournament that includes two Argentines, Nehuén Jauri Rivero and Damián Schneider, and a Uruguayan referee, Francisco González.
The squad of match officials has representatives from twelve countries, coming from four continents and includes eight women referees. The group includes a mix of highly experienced referees and young talents who will debut on the Olympic stage.
Nominees were chosen by the World Rugby Match Officials Selection Committee after a thorough analysis of their performance and physical condition. All selected referees have proven their level at the annual World Rugby Sevens Series and several participated in the 2018 Rugby World Cup Sevens in San Francisco and the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast in 2018.
Australia and Fiji are the current Olympic champions in women and men after their triumphs in Rio 2016. The competition male will be held from July 26 to 28 while the tournament female will do it from July 29 to 31, with the final match to be played on “Super Saturday”. All the action will be at Tokyo Stadium, which hosted the opening match of the Rugby World Cup 2019.
The complete roster of match officials for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics is:
Men’s Tournament: James Doleman (New Zealand), Craig Evans (Wales), Francisco González (Uruguay), Sam Grove-White (Scotland), Noriaki Hashimoto (Japan), Richard Haughton (England), Damon Murphy (Australia), Nehuen Jauri Rivero (Argentina), Matt Rodden (Hong Kong), Damian Schneider (Argentina) Y Jordan Way (Australia).
Women’s Tournament: Sara Cox (England), Amy Perrett (Australia), Hollie Davidson (Scotland), Lauren Jenner (New Zealand), Adam Jones (Wales), Paulo Duarte (Portugal), Tyler Miller (Australia), Madeleine Putz (Australia), Tevita Rokovereni (Fiji), Selica Winiata (New Zealand) and Julianne Zussman (Canada).
Source: World Rugby