Kenya 7s assistant Coach Kevin Wambua says the cancellation of the Dubai and Cape Town 7s is a blow to teams that were keen to use the 2020/21 season in preparation for Tokyo Olympics.
The World 7s Series announced on Wednesday morning that the two tournaments will not take place next season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
With the two tournaments, cancelled teams will only have eight tournaments before the Olympics. Wambua believes that with the two out of the schedule, teams will have fewer tournaments to test out their players ahead of the trip to Tokyo.
“It’s a big blow to the sport in general, in terms of generating revenue and also teams that planned to use the 20/21 season to prepare for Tokyo 2020 Olympics games,” Wambua is quoted by KRU.
“Teams will have fewer tournaments to try put different combinations as eventually, the goal would be to have the best players for the Olympic Games,” he stated.
The tactician, however, admits that with the current situation in the World, the cancellation was the right decision.
“That being said, it is important to note that the well-being of all stakeholders of the game is important and amidst the uncertainty brought about by COVID 19. Under the WHO guidelines, I believe that though it was a hard decision to make it was the best for everyone involved in the game,” he added.
His sentiments were echoed by Kenya 7s captain Andrew Amonde who stated that its a setback to teams. He, however, hopes that team will be ready once the sports resume.
“The cancellation cuts both ways. It’s a big setback to the team as more tournaments keep on getting cancelled. However, our health being the most important things makes the cancellation understandable. Since there’s not much that has been achieved since March, I’m hoping we will have the team ready when sports doors open next season,” he stated.