Rugby sevens makes its Olympic debut at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janiero, and the host nation will participate.
It was announced Thursday that Brazil’s men’s and women’s rugby teams will automatically qualify for spots in their respective 12-team fields at the 2016 Olympics.
International Rugby Board chairman Bernard Lapasset said the the automatic inclusion of Brazil benefits everyone:
The decision to include Brazil is good for rugby, good for Brazil and good for the Games. Rugby in Brazil is experiencing rapid growth and inclusion will generate further impetus and excitement, while giving the Brazilian rugby family and sports fans across the nation something really special to look forward to at their home Olympic Games. We are excited and honoured for rugby sevens to be making its Olympic Games debut in Rio and believe that the Games will be great for rugby and rugby will be great for the Games (Inside the Games).
Inside the Games also as a breakdown of how non-Brazilian teams will qualify (or you can read a detailed version here):
The qualification format for both the men’s and women’s competition for Rio 2016 will see four nations qualify from the 2014-2015 IRB Sevens World Series, one nation from each of the six IRB regional competitions and one from the world play-off.
While the addition of rugby sevens to the Olympics is exciting, I feel obligated as a U.S. citizen to ask WHY IS IT NOT AMERICAN FOOTBALL OMG WHAT’S WRONG WITH THE REST OF THE WORLD?!? AND DID YOU GUYS SEE THAT ANTI-AMERICAN COKE AD DURING THE SUPER BOWL?!
[Source: Inside the Games]