Rugby Legend and Russia Sevens Head Coach Waisale Serevi, has praised the growth of the sport in the country, crediting it for Russia’s decision to participate in this year’s edition of the Safari 7s.
The annual event, which has attracted more than 12 teams, will be held on the 18th to the 20th of October at the RFUEA Grounds and will see Samurai defend the title they won last year after beating Shujaa 21-14 in the Final.
Serevi, who was the Safari 7s chief guest in 2005, returned to Kenya last week with the Russian 7s side, ahead of this year’s tournament set for the 18th-20th of October at the RFUEA Grounds, Nairobi.
Meanwhile, Serevi, who is considered to be the greatest rugby sevens player in the history of the game, has expressed his disappointment in his home country, after Fiji failed to qualify for the Quarter Finals of the ongoing Rugby World Cup in Japan.
However, the Former Fiji International is ecstatic of the performances of the minnows in this year’s World Cup.
Serevi featured for Fiji in four Rugby World Cup Sevens in 1993, 1997, 2001 and 2005, winning the World Cup with Fiji in 1997 and 2005.
Elsewhere, the national women’s rugby sevens team Kenya Lionesses returned home from Tunisia on Tuesday after booking a ticket to represent Africa in next year’s Olympic games slated for Japan.
The team has however expressed anger over the government’s failure to pay their allowances to date.
The team which qualified for Olympics after winning all its pool games and reaching the final in the Africa qualifiers travelled to Tunisia without allowances from the Ministry of Sports.
It will be the second appearance for the team in the Olympics after featuring in the 2016 Olympics held in Rio de Jairo, Brazil.
Apart from the Olympics, Kenya Lionesses also qualified for HSBC World 7s Series qualification event that will run concurrently with Hong Kong 7s in April next year.