Chinese women make history by winning Olympic berth at rugby sevens

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AFT News Network // Guangzhou, China, November 11, 2019 – The Chinese women’s rugby sevens team defeated Hong Kong 33-0 at the Asian Rugby Women’s Sevens qualification tournament on Sunday, November 10 and has secured a spot in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

The victory also created history as it will be the first time for China Rugby to appear in the Olympics.

Eight women’s teams from Asia competed for the solitary ticket to the Olympics. China dominated their group defeating Korea 49-0, Hong Kong 42-7 and Sri Lanka 55-0. In the semi-finals, China crushed Thailand 34-0.

Japan as hosts have already gained an automatic berth in the 12-team Olympic tournament. The other women’s teams to qualify are: New Zealand, United States, Canada, Australia, Brazil, Great Britain, Kenya and Fiji.

Hong Kong and Kazakhstan, who defeated Thailand 17-14 in the third-place play-off, will head to the global repechage in June 2020, where 12 teams will contest for the last two spots.

The Asian men’s Olympics rugby sevens qualifiers will take place at Incheon, Korea from November 23-24.

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