Fiji 7s rugby team qualifies for 2020 Tokyo Olympics
27 May, 2019, 11:51 am
THE Fiji Airways Fiji 7s team has qualified for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics after recording three wins in the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in London on Saturday.
The Gareth Baber-coached team defeated Kenya in their first game 24-17 and thrashed France 31-10 securing automatic qualification to defend their title next year.
They also beat Samoa Fiji 26-17.
Captain Paula Dranisinukula said the players were happy to secure a spot in next year’s Olympic Games.
“We really worked hard for it to qualify for the Olympic Games and we did it,” Drainisinukula said.
“We will go back home and prepare for it.”
Fiji Rugby Union CEO John O’Connor has congratulated the team and the next aim is to win the HSBC 7s series which is the bigger picture.
According to HSBC World Series website, Fiji’s hopes of winning the series were nearly dented straight up as Kenya ran them all the way in their section opener.
Dranisinukula eventually edged them home 24-17 and they joined France in winning their first contest beating Samoa 22-14.