Tokyo 2020 Celebrates Return of HSBC Seven World Series Tokyo's passion for sport and organisational skills once again on display

Tokyo 2020 will celebrate the latest opportunity to showcase its city's organisational expertise and unmatched passion for international sport on 30-31 March as it welcomes world-class rugby players for the HSBC Seven World Series, a top-tier Rugby Sevens event. The tournament, which will take place at Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Stadium for the second consecutive year, is bringing together teams representing 16 countries on five continents.

Spectators in 155 countries will view games played before capacity crowds of Japanese fans displaying their unique brand of passionate celebration. Enthusiasm for rugby is particularly high in Japan, which will host the IRB Rugby World Cup for the first time in Asia in 2019. Global TV viewers also will observe Tokyo's renowned skill in putting together highly organised and smoothly managed international events. These same invaluable assets form a key pillar of the Tokyo 2020 Bid plan.

New Zealand Captain D.J. Forbes said: "Tokyo is a beautiful city and I know everyone enjoys that. They have awesome facilities, nice hotels, and the food is great too. I've got a lot of friends who have played rugby here and they've only said good things about it. There are a lot of good things to be said about Tokyo."

Fiji Captain Nemani Nagusa said: "Tokyo is a really good place to have a tournament. I really enjoyed it last year and am looking forward to this weekend. I would like to visit someday with my family and tour around because it's quite a unique city with many places to visit, great food, and the hospitality is always great."

Prince Chichibu Memorial Rugby Stadium, one of the football venues built for the Tokyo 1964 Games, is the home of Japanese rugby and the headquarters of the Japan Rugby Football Union. Meticulously maintained and actively utilised, this and other Olympic facilities underpin Tokyo's dream to draw on the enduring 1964 legacy both practically and inspirationally in preparing for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Included in the 2020 Games, of course, is Rugby Sevens, which will debut as one of the newest Olympic sports during the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Games.

Tsunekazu Takeda, IOC Member and President of both the Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) and Tokyo 2020, said: "Tokyo, a frequent host of major international competitions, knows how to support athletes, sport enthusiasts and officials with the highest standards of organisation. Our dynamic city also offers top-class facilities to stage the greatest sporting events in the world, including the HSBC Seven Series. We are particularly thrilled that Tokyo will host the IRB Rugby World Cup 2019, which would be a terrific run-up to the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games."

During the Tokyo Sevens tournament, now in its second year back in the Series, an artificial turf area measuring more than 2,000 square metres, called the 'Sevens Garden,' will enable fans to watch matches on big screens outdoors. Another feature of this year's tournament will be an opening ceremony performance by the Yosakoi dancers, a troupe whose origins lie in Japanese folklore.
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From left to right: Fiji Head Coach Alivereti Dere and Captain Nemani Nagusa / New Zealand Head Coach Gordon Tietjens and Captain D.J. Forbes / Samoa Head Coach Faamoni Lalomilo and Captain Afa Aoino