- England are nominated nation for Team GB
- Competition to run from 27 July-1 August
Rugby sevens’ Olympic qualification pathway for Tokyo 2020 has been confirmed by the International Olympic Committee and World Rugby.
As with the Olympics at Rio 2016, England is the nominated nation to qualify Team GB for the games. Current Head of England Sevens Simon Amor led the men's team two years ago, with Red Roses head coach Simon Middleton in charge of the women.
Great Britain's men earned a silver medal in Brazil, with the women finishing fourth after defeat to Canada in the bronze medal match.
“Rugby sevens’ inclusion in the Olympic Games has had a profound effect on the growth of the sport at all levels. As we enter another Olympic qualifying cycle, teams have everything to play for," said
World Rugby Chairman Bill Beaumont.
“We look forward to following the fast-paced rugby sevens action across the season ahead as teams come within touching distance of Tokyo 2020 and securing another chance of Olympic glory.”
Just as for Rio 2016, the top four teams in the men’s and women’s HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2019 will confirm their places in Tokyo.
An additional six teams will qualify through the men’s and women’s World Rugby regional association Olympic qualification tournaments. 12 teams will compete for medals in both the men's and women's rugby sevens competitions from 27 July-1 August at Tokyo Stadium.
Japan’s men’s and women’s teams have secured automatic qualification as hosts of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, leaving 11 places in each event to be filled through the qualification process.
The final opportunity for Olympic qualification will be at the World Rugby Olympic repechage tournament. 12 teams, comprising of the next two highest ranked teams based on 2019 regional qualification rankings from each region, will be invited to participate in these Olympic repechage tournaments.
Rugby sevens will again feature in the first week of competition with matches being played across six days of two sessions per day from 27 July-1 August.
In a reverse of the Rio 2016 format, the men’s competition will be played over the first three days, followed by the women’s over the final three days, with the medals to be determined on the iconic ‘Super Saturday’.