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24 Jun 2015
Olympic Day in Hong Kong marks rugby's road to Rio 2016
Hong Kong, China, June 23, 2015: The Hong Kong Rugby Football Union marked Olympic Day on Tuesday, June 23 with the announcement that they will host the Asia Rugby Sevens Qualifiers for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Hong Kong Stadium on November 7-8. The Hong Kong tournament will be the sole Olympic qualification event for Asia's premier men's teams and the first in a two-tournament qualification series for the women.
The second qualification event for the women will be held in Tokyo on November 28-29. The men's sevens winner in Hong Kong will claim Asia's sole automatic slot amongst the 12 teams participating in Rio 2016, where rugby sevens will make its much anticipated debut. Already qualified for the men's competition are Fiji, New Zealand, South Africa, Great Britain, USA, Argentina and the hosts Brazil.
The remaining five places will be awarded to the winners of regional qualifiers in Europe, Oceania, Africa and the Hong Kong tournament for Asia as well as the winner of a 16-team international repêchage tournament to be held later in the year.
For the eight participating Asian women's teams, results from Hong Kong will be factored in with results from the second leg of the qualification series in Tokyo. The overall champion after the two events will join New Zealand, Canada, Australia, Great Britain, Colombia, USA, France and hosts Brazil in Rio, alongside the winners of regional qualifiers in Oceania and Africa, and the winner from the international repêchage.
"The opportunity to participate in an Olympic Games is the ultimate dream for any athlete, and we are totally focused on preparing for the November tournaments," commented women's sevens veteran Cheng Ka Chi.
The HKRFU also announced an initiative to work with the Sports Federation & Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, China to help promote all "Team Hong Kong" athletes as they strive for Olympic qualification in their various sports.
"We call for the Hong Kong public to give full support to our rugby team to win the qualifiers, in the same way the fans have got behind our soccer team in the World Cup Qualifiers earlier this month," said Ronnie Wong, Hon. Secretary General of the Hong Kong Olympic Committee. "We also hope the rugby team will win the tournament to become the second Hong Kong team sport participating in the Olympic Games after hockey in 1964 in Tokyo."
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