Summer is here, and so the major sporting events of 2021 have finally started. This year, fans can expect two significant events that only happen every four years. After the postponements from 2020, the European Football Championship will occur first and shortly afterwards it will be followed by the Olympic Games in Japan. In the rugby scene, the focus is on the Olympic tournament now. The last participant will get their ticket to the games from the International Qualifying Tournament. All fans are looking forward to what will hopefully be a great tournament.
Rugby has been a part of the Olympics for a very long time. Rugby union was already present during the Games in 1900 at the Olympia in Paris. The seven-a-side version was played in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio and now this event is happening in Tokyo too. That is not surprising, because rugby has really grown in popularity in recent years. The TV broadcasts are attracting more and more fans, which, in return, also draws attention in the media. At the Olympics, spectators have the opportunity to rediscover the sport for themselves. The type of rugby guarantees excitement and great action on the field because the twelve participating teams compete against each other in three groups of four teams. The first two teams in each group make it to the quarterfinals, but the other teams still have a chance. You can also qualify as one of the two best teams in the third place, then a knockout round follows.
The Winner Will Be Determined on July 29th
A total of four quarterfinals are on the program from June 28th and only then the decision begins. The semi-finals follow and, on July 29th, the final of the Olympic rugby tournament commences. After the final game, we know who the winner of the gold medal is this time. The twelve participants qualified for the game in several ways. The host, Japan, and the four best teams of the World Rugby Sevens Series are a fixture: Argentina represents the South American continent, Canada competes for North America, Great Britain plays for Europe, Kenya fights for Africa and South Korea competes for Asia. In turn, Australia was able to qualify via the Oceania Championship. That means that only a single Olympic place remains open. The winner of the International Qualifying Tournament will get this one.
The fans are already excited to see whether Fiji can defend the Olympic title. In any case, the 2016 Olympic champion is again the favourite to win the gold medal this year as they also won the latest edition of the World Rugby Sevens Series. The world champions South Africa and New Zealand are among the favourites too. Great Britain won the silver medal last time and is also one of the best teams in the world. So, those are the positions before the start of the Olympic rugby tournament and only time will tell who possesses the most significant skill level to win the title.