The Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 will see the debut of Rugby Sevens as an official sport in the Games and it is expected a decision as to where the events will be held will be made when the governing bodies meet next month. The venue for the hockey events for the Olympic Games will also be discussed, according Leonardo Gryner, the chief operating officer.
The International Hockey Federation or the FIH held a meeting just a few weeks back to discuss where the hockey events will be held after it was moved out of the main venue at the Olympic Park to the outskirts of the city in the Deodoro Zone. The International Rugby Board recently held a meeting with the Organizing Committee of the Olympic Games after the venue for Rugby Sevens in the Games was shifted from the Estadio Sao Januario, where the football club Vasco da Game play their home games to the Estadio Joao Havelange, only for that decision to come under immense scrutiny due to the several problems that have cropped up.
But according to Gryner, neither rugby nor hockey will face any difficulties by the time the Olympic Games kick off. He stated that the main problem in the bid book which mentioned the venue for hockey would be the Olympic Park, only to be revealed that it did not have enough space for an Astroturf court.
As for the Rugby Sevens, it is expected to share the ground with the athletics events. He mentioned that the Organizing Committee has been in talks with the board of the Estadio Joao Havelange but nothing has been confirmed as yet and no discussion has been held with the IRB as well but he is confident things will work out in the end.
Aviva Premiership Rugby Football Union club the London Welsh will be heading to play against the Exeter Chiefs as they look to secure an all important win so as to create a buffer between them and the drop zone, which they are perilously close to following last weekend’s narrow defeat at the hands of relegation threatened Sale Sharks.
And going into the match, Lyn Jones, the Director of Rugby of the club has made three changes for the trip, hoping to put an end to the slump that has seen them dragged into the relegation dog fight.
And two of those changes in the side have been made at the back with Tyson Keats and Seb Jewell coming into the side in place of Alex Davies and Sonny Parker respectively. While Davies will not be a part of the side for the trip, Parker is expected to make the bench for the match against The Chiefs. The third change comes in the form of Greg Bateman who will take the place of Paulica Ion at tight head. Moreover, Rob Lewis, Martin Purdy and Dan George have all been added to strengthen the bench of the side as they come face to face against the high flying Chiefs side.
The Exiles lost in a closely contested match against the Sale Sharks at home 25-26, and many people believed that it was a match that The Exiles could and should have won. I was one of the unlucky fans to have used up his Unibet bonus bet on the match, with Unibet somehow managing to tempt me to back the Exiles!?
Having already beaten the Exeter Chiefs 25-24 when the two sides met in September, The Exiles will hope for much of the same but with Sandy Park not being a happy hunting ground for the London club, having not won any of their last five matches at the venue, it is going to be extremely difficult.