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.
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.
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.
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.
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.