JOHANNESBURG – It is one year to go to Tokyo 2020 when rugby sevens is set to make its second appearance at an Olympic Games after its debut at Rio 2016.
Taking place at the Tokyo Stadium – the same venue that will host some of the biggest Rugby World Cup 2019 matches – the men’s competition will run from 27-29 July with the women’s being held from 30 July to 1 August.
The high-octane spectacle that is rugby sevens will be performed by the world’s top athletes on sport’s greatest stage in Tokyo, taking the sport to new fans across the globe.
Rugby returned to the Olympic programme at Rio 2016 when the seven-a-side format provided a captivating showcase for the game that saw its fanbase increase by almost 17 million in six key territories, with Tokyo 2020 expected to unearth an estimated 30 million new fans worldwide (Nielsen).
Sir Bill Beaumont, World Rugby Chairman said: “Just over one month ago we concluded a record-breaking season on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, and today we celebrate exactly one year until Tokyo 2020 where rugby sevens will make its second appearance in the Olympic Games programme – this is a very exciting time for our sport.