Pic : "Our Heroins" Kenya Lionesses squad that participated in South Africa at the Olympics qualifiers.
We were not yet done with celebrating the good news that Kenya 7s men’s team had qualified for the RIO Olympics then a Tweet from @LadyBlitzBokke was posted.
#Rugby7s nation to have BOTH Men & Women teams Rio2016 Olympics”.
2nd-best Africa #Rugby7s nation to have BOTH Men & Women teams @Rio2016_en @Olympics More: https://t.co/x2Jv3XELfm pic.twitter.com/opolzogeID— SA Women Sevens (@LadyBlitzBokke) November 16, 2015
Kenya Lionesses might have qualified to the RIO2016 Olympics after Springbok Women’s 7s team qualification and Subsequent IOC invitation was declined by the SASCOC (South Africa Sports Confederation and Olympics Committee.)
It is rumored that SASCOC has ruled that it won’t accept qualification through continental routes, saying they are too weak.
It is also believed that Tubby Reddy, the CEO of SASCOC said a few days ago that he had already declined an invitation for the Women’s rugby side to compete in Brazil next year August.
Women’s Olympics Qualification Rules - REALLOCATION OF UNUSED QUALIFICATION PLACES
If an allocated quota place is not confirmed by the NOC by the confirmation of quota place deadline or is declined by the NOC, the quota place will be reallocated as follows:
- If the team (South Africa Women’s 7s) qualified through the Regional Qualification Tournament, the quota place will be reallocated to the next highest ranked team from the same Regional Qualification Tournament (Kenya Lionesses).
- In respect of the Final Olympic Qualification Tournament, the NOCs of all teams that have qualified to participate in the tournament must confirm prior to the tournament that the NOC will accept the qualification place. If due to exceptional circumstances the quota place cannot be filled then it will be reallocated to the next highest ranked team from the Final Olympic Qualification Tournament.
We await a confirmation from the World rugby concerning this issue. FINGERS CROSSED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!