South Africa has formally withdrew its spot in the rugby sevens women’s tournament at the Olympics. This development is not surprising as the nation has tough qualification rules where their athletes cannot qualify through continental qualification events. The same thing has happened earlier to their field hockey teams and it could happen to their men’s football team as their qualification rules state that they must win the continental tournament because their is no world qualification phase.
The women’s spot has been to reallocated to the next highest ranked team at the African qualification tournament, Kenya. This also boosts Madagascar into the final qualification tournament to be held in 2016.
- WorldRugby.Kenya women secure Rio 2016 Olympic Games Rugby Sevens place. Access on December 16 2015.