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7s rugby deadline

Fiji’s biggest threats are likely to come from South Africa and teams from the UK OSEA BOLA Suva Fiji Rugby Union has less than a month to submit 7s squad
19 Mar 2014 11:34

Fiji’s biggest threats are likely to come from South Africa and teams from the UK

Pio Tuwai (second from left), during a scrimmaging session with England. Photo: Kenji Demura

OSEA BOLA
Suva
Fiji Rugby Union has less than a month to submit 7s squad if they are to take part in the 2nd Summer Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing , China on August 16—28.
The names have to be submitted to the Fiji Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee (FASANOC) by April 17.
FASANOC president, Reg Sanday says they are the local representative of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and is responsible for Fiji’s participation in all Olympic events.
“Vodafone Fiji 7s coach Ben Ryan has mapped out a plan to take Fiji to the Olympics in Rio and also has a plan for our campaign at the Nanjing Youth Olympics in August,”Sanday said.
“I believe the plans are being processed at Rugby House and we hope to hear from them soon as it will be an important that our team gets a lot of game time before they leave for Nanjing.”
Last year through a joint effort by the FRU and FASANOC, an annual grant of US$25,000 for the period 2013 – 2016 was awarded by Olympic Solidarity – the funding arm of the IOC – to help prepare the team for Rio.
Part of last year’s grant was used to prepare and send a Fiji 7s team to the Pacific Mini Games in Wallis & Futuna. The balance of F$32,000 will go towards preparation for the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games as it serves as a pathway for young players to the Rio Olympics.
Only six teams will compete at Nanjing, each representing the six regional associations of the International Rugby Board – Europe, North America and the Caribbean, South America, Asia, Africa and Oceania.
Fiji’s biggest threats are likely to come from South Africa and teams from the United Kingdom.
“But rugby 7s is our game and if everyone works together between now and August our youngsters will be in there with a chance,”Sanday said.
To win gold would a big morale booster not only for our people here in Fiji but also for our campaign for the Rio Olympics. Fiji has never won a medal at the Olympics and we are quietly confident that our 7s team will produce our first Olympic medal.”
The 7s team will not be without support in Nanjing. They will be cheered by the Fiji girls’ hockey team who qualified for the Nanjing YOG at an Oceania meet in Vanuatu earlier this week. The girls came second to New Zealand to qualify
The final ranking of the IRB Rugby World Cup Sevens (RWC 7s) that took place in Moscow on June 28-30, 2013 determined the qualification places. Though New Zealand won the Moscow World Cup it opted out of sending a team to the YOG and the place was awarded to Fiji as the second highest ranked 7s team in Oceania at the 2013 RWC. To be eligible to participate in the Youth Olympic Games, athletes must have been born between 1 January 1996 and 31 December 1997.
Rugby is one of four team sports played at the Nanjing YOG. The others are hockey, handball and football.
The 2nd Summer YOG in Nanjing will bring together some 3.500 athletes and 850 officials from all over the world.
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