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Kenya Lionesses qualify for Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Kenya Lionesses have qualified for 2020 Tokyo Olympics 7s after reaching cup final at the ongoing Africa 7s in Tunisia.

Kenya will play South Africa in the cup final at 6pm but the Springbok Women cannot qualify for Tokyo 7s even if they win the final. This is due to South Africa Olympic committee not allowing them to qualify for the summer games set for 2020.

South Africa beat Madagascar 29-0 in the second semi to hand Kenya the through pass.

Kenya 7s led 7-0 at the interval after Cynthia Camilla”s try that was converted by fly-half Grace Adhiambo. Cellestine Masinde added Kenya’s second t double the lead with Janet Okello rounding off the scoring with a final minute try.

Kenya Lionesses beat Zimbabwe 26-5 cup quarters on Sunday morning. Kenya 7s won all her three pool matches beating Ghana 36-0, Botswana 49-0 and Senegal 36-0 to top pool A.

As Kenya seeks to defend Africa 7s title, South Africa will be looking to reclaim the title they won between 2015 and 2017 having achieved their weekend target – to qualify for World sevens series qualification tournament set for Hong Kong 7s in April 2020.

The Rugby Africa Women’s Sevens is the third regional qualifier on the road to Tokyo after tournaments in South America and Europe took place in June and July respectively, with this weekend’s winner joining Brazil and Great Britain in Tokyo.

The HSBC World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series 2019 acted as the principal route for qualification, with New Zealand, USA, Canada and Australia claiming the coveted top four spots to secure their places at Tokyo 2020.

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As host nation, Japan automatically qualified, taking the number of confirmed women’s teams to seven at present.

 

Story : Ragahouse

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