22/11/2019 – World Rugby Communications – Asia Rugby Men’s Sevens tournament to complete Tokyo 2020 regional qualification

• Asia Rugby Men's Sevens tournament is the final regional qualifier for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games
• Ten men's and ten women's teams have so far qualified for Tokyo 2020
• Olympic Repechage competition in June 2020 will be the final opportunity for qualification
• Rugby sevens will make its second appearance at an Olympic Games in Tokyo after debuting at Rio 2016

The Asia Rugby Men's Sevens tournament, taking place in Incheon, Korea on 23-24 November, will be the final regional qualification event for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Nine men’s teams will compete over two-days at the Namdong Asiad Stadium with the winners earning qualification to next year’s summer Games where they will join Japan who automatically qualified as the host union.

The teams finishing in second and third place will play in the World Rugby Olympic Repechage in June 2020 which will be the final opportunity for a team to qualify for Tokyo.

Hong Kong, Malaysia and Chinese Taipei will feature in Pool A with China, Singapore and the Philippines in Pool B. Sri Lanka, South Korea and Afghanistan will complete the nine-team line-up in Pool C.

12 men’s and women’s teams will travel to Tokyo in July next year for the Olympic Games where rugby sevens will feature for a second time following its successful debut at Rio 2016.

Ten of the 12 men’s teams have so far been confirmed with this weekend’s champions joining Japan, Fiji, USA, New Zealand, South Africa, Argentina, Canada, Great Britain, Kenya and Australia.

World Rugby Chairman, Sir Bill Beaumont, commented: "This weekend marks a major milestone on the road to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games as we complete the regional qualification process.

"After a hugely successful Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan, we are incredibly excited to return to Tokyo next year where we will have another opportunity to showcase our sport on the world’s greatest sporting stage.

"It is so encouraging to see Asia fully embracing our sport, proven by the high standard of talent that will be on offer in South Korea this weekend. We wish all teams the best of luck."

In the women’s competition, China recently qualified for Tokyo 2020 after winning their regional competition. They will be joined by hosts Japan, New Zealand, USA, Canada, Australia, Brazil, Great Britain, Fiji and Kenya with the final two places to be determined by the Repechage next year.

Rugby sevens will take place at the Tokyo Stadium at next year’s Olympic Games. The men’s sessions will be played from 27-29 July with the women’s being held from 31 July-1 August 2020