CAPE TOWN, South Africa, September 14, 2018/APO Group/ -- True to the spirit of the Olympics, Rugby Africa opened the competition as wide as possible to give the greatest number of people the opportunity to qualify for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. An invitation was sent to all Rugby Africa federations not already qualified for the main African rugby tournament. Those who accepted were entered into the competition for the first round of the Olympic qualifications for the men's rugby sevens.
Teams from Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Algeria, Burkina Faso, Benin, Guinea, Niger and Mali will compete on September 15th and 16th in Abidjan. Initially scheduled to take place at the Champroux Stadium in Marcory, spectators should note that the tournament might be moved to the INJS pitch.
On the 29th and 30th of September, the national selections of Burundi, the Republic of Congo, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Lesotho will meet at the Bujumbura Tempête Stadium to meet the same challenge.
In addition to being promoted in the Africa Men's Sevens 2019 tournament to choose the African representative for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, these tournaments represent an opportunity for Rugby Africa's technical staff to evaluate talent and provides a gateway to the first level of competition for the fifteens, the Rugby Africa Bronze Cup.