To help the qualified teams prepare effectively for the Olympic Games, World Rugby is investing US$4 million into Olympic qualified unions’ sevens programmes.
According to a statement by the Governing body, each union that has qualified a team for the Tokyo 2020 Games has received US$100,000 (approximately 11.1M ) per team in World Rugby funding to be directed towards rugby sevens squad training camps, competition support, technical and sports science and medical programmes.
“We continue to work closely together with all host organisations, unions and regions in a spirit of collaboration and teamwork to ensure we provide players, coaches and teams with the very best high-performance preparation opportunities possible on the road to Tokyo next year,” World Rugby Chairman Sir Bill Beaumont said.
“This includes US$4 million of financial support for rugby sevens’ programmes within Olympic qualified unions and the provision of high-performance training and competition opportunities during the first half of 2021, beginning in Madrid in February,” he added.
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World Rugby has also announced some warm-up tournaments scheduled for early next year, with a first of those inter-regional preparation events to take place in Madrid, Spain.
The high-performance event in Spain is being hosted by the Federación Española de Rugby (FER) and supported by World Rugby, and will feature up to 12 men’s and 12 women’s teams participating across two successive weekends (20-21 and 27-28 February).
It is the first two of several high-performance focused opportunities being scheduled during the first half of 2021 to assist in the development and preparation of sevens teams in the lead-up to the Olympic Games.