Shanghai Sevens gets an upgrade

Rugby competition to move to Yuanshen Stadium this year

The Shanghai Sevens tournament is set to get an upgrade this year, relocating from its Shanghai Rugby Club home of the past two years to the 20,000 capacity Yuanshen Stadium. The competition, which will be held over the weekend of August 27-28 has also been certified to become part of the new HSBC Asian Sevens series. Teams hailing from Hong Kong, Japan and Korea will compete, with the top 12 men’s teams and top four women’s teams battling it out for the Asian champion titles.

 

The push for a larger audience reflects the government’s move to promote the ‘olive ball’ sport (as it is known in Mandarin) in the country following the sport’s inclusion as an event for the 2016 Olympics in Rio. This decision has seen a rugby sevens tournament adopted as part of China’s National Games, where 12 Province-based teams will take part.

 

General admission tickets for the Shanghai Sevens will cost 100RMB for the full two days. VIP passes are 1,800RMB/day or 3,000RMB/two days and include free-flow drinks and a five star catered lunch in air-conditioned luxury with prime views of the field.

Celine Wu

 

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