Rugby Sevens venue for Rio 2016

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.