Covid measures throws rugby team international trip into disarray

Fungayi Munyoro
CHIPINGE – Zimbabwe Senior Men’s rugby Sevens team’s trip hang in the balance following a new Government directive to suspend all sporting activities.
The Cheetahs were expected to leave the country this afternoon ahead of the Sevens Olympic Repachage tournament in Monaco.
On Saturday, Vice President Constantino Chiwenga, who is also the Minister of Health and Child Care announced that all public gathering and sporting activities have been suspended as new measures to contain the spread of Covid-19.
Zimbabwe Rugby Union president Aaron Jani told Chipinge Times that they are engaging the Ministry through SRC to ensure that they fulfil their fixtures.
The sevens Repechage is the final qualification event for the Olympic Games in Tokyo.The tournament is a once-off event to determine the final two women’s and one man’s teams to qualify for the Rugby Sevens Tournament.
“We are trying to engage SRC to ensure that we fulfil the national assignment. I believe we have a very strong case. This is the Olympic qualification and it is the most important event on our calendar. We hope to get a nod from the authorities. We will represent our nation well, ” said Jani.
The Cheetahs have been in a bubble for a month are in Pool D together with Mexico, Ireland, Samoa and Tonga.
Zimbabwe is expected to play their opening match on Friday against Mexico before taking on Ireland.
On Saturday, Zimbabwe will face Samoa before a Sunday encounter with Tonga.
The games will determine the final team to qualify for Tokyo.

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