Sean Horan, New Zealand women's silver
medal-winning coach at Rio 2016, is set to lead another side at an
Olympic Games after his new charges China used their recent HSBC
World Rugby Sevens Series experience to overpower a largely
youthful Hong Kong team and win the Asia Rugby qualification
tournament on home soil in Guangzhou, China.
China did not feature in Rio 2016 when rugby sevens
made its debut in Brazil, but they can now look forward to
challenging the best teams in the world
after an impressive display not only in the final but throughout
the two days of competition.
China reached the final after overcoming
Thailand 34-0 in the last four, bringing their total points scored
on the weekend to 180 against just seven – scored by Hong Kong in
Saturday's 42-7 pool encounter.
While China now take the direct route to Tokyo,
Hong Kong get another chance to qualify via the global repechage
next year, along with bronze medal winners Kazakhstan, who took
their place on the podium after a 17-14 win over Thailand in the
China's qualification takes the number of
confirmed teams for the women's competition at Tokyo 2020 to ten
with hosts Japan, New Zealand, USA, Canada, Australia, Brazil,
Great Britain, Kenya and Fiji having already booked their tickets.
Ten men's teams are confirmed for Tokyo after
Kenya booked their place this weekend after winning the Africa
Men's Sevens tournament in Johannesburg, South Africa.
join hosts Japan, HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series qualifiers Fiji,
USA, New Zealand and South Africa and Argentina, Canada, Great
Britain and Australia, who all booked their passage to Japan via
the regional qualification route.
The final opportunity for qualification is via
the global repechage tournament taking place in June next year.
Rugby will return to Japan next summer for the
Tokyo 2020 Olympic games where rugby sevens will be played as an
Olympic sport for the second time since its successful
introduction at Rio 2016. The tournament is expected to unearth an
estimated 30 million new fans worldwide (Nielsen) when it is
played at the Tokyo Stadium from 31 July to 1 August 2020.
Pictures from 2019 Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong
Pictures from 2018 Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong Kong Sevens,
Pictures from 2017 Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong Kong Sevens,
Pictures from 2016 Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong
Pictures of Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong Kong Sevens 2015,
Pictures of the Asia Rugby Sevens Olympic Games Qualifier in Hong
Pictures of Singha Thailand Sevens 2015,
Pictures from the 2013 British & Irish Lions Tour in Hong Kong,
Pictures of Hong Kong Sevens 2014,
Pictures of Hong Kong Sevens 2013,
of Chartis Cup 2012 and
Cathay Pacific / HSBC Hong Kong Sevens 2012.