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Guangzhou, Incheon to hold Asian rugby sevens qualifiers for Tokyo 2020

Date : 08 Apr 2019

Dublin, Ireland, April 8, 2019: Two Asian Games host cities will stage qualifying events for the men’s and women’s rugby sevens competitions for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Guangzhou, China, which hosted the Asiad in 2010, will organise the women’s Asian qualifier from November 9-10, 2019.

Incheon, Korea, the 2014 Asian Games host city, will hold the Asian men’s qualifier from November 23-24, 2019.

With the top four placed teams in the men’s and women’s HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series the first to guarantee Olympic qualification, the regional qualifiers will form the heart of a truly global qualification process that promotes universality.

The winner of the Asian men’s and women’s tournaments will qualify directly for Tokyo 2020.

The final opportunity for Olympic qualification will be at the men’s and women’s World Rugby Olympic Repechage tournament which will take place in a window between the end of the regional qualifiers and June 2020. It will feature 12 women’s and 12 men’s teams with the second and third-placed teams in each regional competition invited to participate.

World Rugby Chairman Sir Bill Beaumont said: “This year is an important and exciting one for teams as they compete to secure their ticket to Tokyo 2020,

we look forward to following the regional qualification tournaments from June onwards as rugby sevens continues its Olympic journey.”

The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games rugby sevens competition will take place from 27 July to 1 August at the Tokyo Stadium.

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