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7s Olympic Threat

Players had signed contract with overseas clubs and to join them after Tokyo 2020. Now the Games is moved to next year.
09 Apr 2020 14:52
7s Olympic Threat
The Fiji Airways Fijian 7s team during the LA 7sw. Photo: Bruce Southwick / ZoomFiji

The future of some of the Fiji Airways Fijian 7s players and whether they’ll play at next year’s Olympic Games will be sorted out once rugby competitions around the globe get underway.

This was after a few of the players had signed up with overseas clubs and were to join them after the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games which were to be held in July.

Now the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has moved the Olympics to July 23- August 8, 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

When contacted yesterday Fiji Rugby Union chief executive officer John O’Connor said they were aware of the issue.

“This is a time of uncertainty,” said O’Connor.

“All rugby competitions around the world has been on hold. There has been no communication with or from the clubs about the player’s contract.”

He highlighted that once rugby competitions around the world get underway then they are able to go through the player’s contracts with the respective clubs.

“Then we can communicate and discuss the contracts. We will then take it from there,” he added.

It is understood that a few of the sevens players have signed up with French clubs and also with an American franchise club that plays in the Major League Rugby competition.

Olympians Osea Kolinisau, Jasa Veremalua and Vatemo Ravouvou already play in the Major League Rugby for their respective clubs.

In an earlier interview, 7s head coach Gareth Baber said he was looking forward to the return of injured player Kalione Nasoko. He is due to play in the London and Paris tournaments of the 2019/20 HSBC World Sevens Series set for September.

Edited by Simione Haravanua

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