Category Archives: Youth Olympics

Bach, Lapasset thrilled with Olympic debut

IOC President Thomas Bach (centre with ball), IRB Chairman Bernard Lapasset (right) and two-time Olympic champion Heather Moyse (third left with ball) at the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing. Photo: IOC

IOC President Thomas Bach (centre with ball), IRB Chairman Bernard Lapasset (right) and two-time Olympic champion Heather Moyse (third left with ball) at the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing. Photo: IOC

International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach has joined International Rugby Board President Bernard Lapasset and the global Rugby family in hailing the inaugural Youth Olympic Games Rugby Sevens event.

Bach was joined by a host of IOC and NOC members at a packed venue in Nanjing to see the newest Olympic sport and witness a compelling, exciting tournament with boys and girls teams from around the globe competing for the first Olympic Rugby gold medals to be awarded in 90 years.

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Fiji takes out bronze medal

IOC president Tomas Bach plays with a rugby ball before the gold medal playoffs in Nanjing. Photo: Xinghua

IOC president Thomas Bach plays with a rugby ball before the gold medal playoffs in Nanjing. Photo: Xinhua

Fiji restored some sevens rugby pride after shutting out Kenya 12-0 to clinch the bronze medal at the Nanjing Youth Olympics in China.

Alipate Qaraniqio opened the scoring for Fiji forcing himself forward under the crossbar from a penalty five metres out which was converted by Waisea Daroko to take the lead in the first half at 7-0.

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Fiji to compete for bronze playoffs

Fiji's Sailasa Powell tackles Narhan Torrest of France while Timoci Meya is airborne. Photo: NANJING POOL/LIN Kun

Fiji’s Sailasa Powell tackles Narhan Torrest of France while Timoci Meya is airborne. Photo: Nanjing Pool/Lim Kun

Fiji has been bundled out of the gold and silver medal contention after their 12-34 loss to France yesterday in their semi-finals of the rugby sevens competition at the Beijing Youth Olympics.

France soundly defeated Fiji who looked flat in attack and could not stop the French in their raids with pivot Arthur Retiere and winger Mathieu Voisin continually making inroads into the Fiji defence.

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Fiji placed third in Nanjing

Australia defends against China in the women's competition. Photo: Xinhua

Australia defends against China in the women’s competition. Photo: Xinhua

Fiji dropped to the third spot behind Argentina (1) and France (2) in the rugby sevens competition at the Nanjing Youth Olympics after the second day of proceedings at the Nanjing Youth Olympic Sports Park.

After two losses yesterday to France 12-17 and then to Argentina 0-21, the Fijians have to beat Kenya in their last pool match today to make sure they proceed in the semi-finals that will be held tonight.

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Argentina and Australia still undefeated in rugby sevens

Liu Xiaoqian of China (L) scores during the women pool of rugby sevens against the United States at Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing. China won 29-7. (Xinhua/Yan Yan) (yqq)

Liu Xiaoqian of China (L) scores against the United States at the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing. China won 29-7. (Xinhua/Yan Yan) (yqq)

Argentina’s men and Australia’s women remain the only unbeaten teams in rugby sevens after Monday’s matches at the 2nd Youth Olympic Games being played at Nanjing’s Youth Olympic Games Sports Park.

France, Argentina and Japan each won two matches in the men’s tournament as early medal favourites Fiji had a poor day, and Australia, China and Canada all recorded excellent wins in women’s matches.

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RKS winger scores a hat-trick against US

Kenyan players face the solid defence of the United States at Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, capital of east China’s Jiangsu Province. Kenya won 22-12. Photo: Xinhua/Yan Yan (yqq)

Kenyan players face the solid defence of the United States at the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, capital of east China’s Jiangsu Province. Kenya won 22-12. Photo: Xinhua/Yan Yan (yqq)

Ratu Kadavulevu School winger Timoci Meya scored three tries for Fiji in their 29-10 victory over the United States last night in their quest for gold at the Nanjing Youth Olympics.

The RKS student gave his best in the second win recorded by Fiji after defeating Japan 29-5 earlier in the afternoon.

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Sevens set to shine at Nanjing: Lapasset

The Nanjing Sports Rugby Park Field where the rugby sevens matches is held. Photo: IOC

The Nanjing Sports Rugby Park Field where the rugby sevens matches is held. Photo: IOC

Fiji will be playing their first match against Japan at 2.30pm today for the Rugby Sevens at the Youth Olympics in Nanjing and every try, tackle and pass from the men’s and women’s matches will be available live and on demand at Olympic.tv

International Rugby Board President Bernard Lapasset is anticipating a thrilling event that will showcase the sport and its values to new audiences around the world.

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