COVID-19: Change Of Plans For Tokyo 2020

The Fiji Airways Fijian 7s team will have to make changes in their plans after the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan has been postponed due to coronavirus.
27 Mar 2020 12:16
COVID-19: Change Of Plans For Tokyo 2020
Fiji Airways Fijian 7s head coach Gareth Baber and Fiji Airways Fijiana 7s coach, Saiasi Fuli.

The Fiji Airways Fijian 7s team will have to make changes in their plans after the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan has been postponed due to coronavirus.

This was revealed yesterday by head coach Gareth Baber during a phone interview as he was undergoing 14 days of isolation since he had just arrived from London.

“This makes it a different season for us in what we have planned,” he said.

“I already discussed with management and look at plans certainly over the near future and we know it’s a long future with possibility of tournaments to be played in September and October this year.”

World Rugby has announced the deferment of the London and Paris 7s tournaments to September. Earlier on the Hong Kong and Singapore leg of the 2019/20 HSBC World Sevens Series will be played in October.

The players in the training squad has been given their individual training programme to work on.

The Team Fiji men’s rugby sevens team won the gold medal at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.


Fiji Airways Fijiana 7s coach, Saiasi Fuli says the postponement of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games was a great decision by the International Olympic Committee taking into consideration the safety of everyone.

The Team Fiji Women’s 7s team qualified during last year’s Oceania Sevens tournament at the ANZ Stadium, Suva.

“It is unfortunate that everything has changed due to announcement of the COVID-19 but peoples’ welfare is paramount and we have to adhere to it,” Fuli said.

He said that his side were training hard in building up for the then postponed Fiji Bitter Marist Sevens tournament as part of their preparation.

“Going into Marist 7s last week, our girls have reached top shape when it comes to fitness standard and game management,” he said.

“We had just a completed a five weeks solid programme coming back from the Sydney 7s. That is why I said it is quite unfortunate that we had to stop everything in respect of the instruction put forward by the government in prevention of this deadly virus.”

With Government’s restrictions of mass gatherings and sporting events team members are asked to continue their own training at home.

“It is what it is and now we will take a two weeks break and the girls will follow their own individual programme. Next week our management team will reconstruct our training plan and align our programme to the changes that has been decided by IOC, World Rugby and Fiji Rugby Union.”

While restrictions are still in place, Fuli has urged all the players to be responsible and keep in touch regarding future plans.

“It’s unclear when will be the next tournament nor the clearance from government regarding the virus but for us we need we need to be smart and vigilant, continue to communicate with our squad members and plan as we go along.”


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