The road to Rio starts in earnest this week for the Canadian men’s rugby sevens team.
The Canadians need to finish in the top three in a new qualifying section of the annual IRB Sevens stop in Hong Kong to ensure they receive so-called core status. That will allow them to compete at the highest level in the lead up to the sport’s Olympic debut at the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro.
While New Zealand, Fiji and the 10 other existing core teams slug it out starting Friday in Pools A, B and C, Canada and 11 other countries will be looking to climb the ladder in Pools, D, E and F.
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