In preparation for the upcoming Asian Games in August, the Sri Lanka Men’s national sevens team will take flight to Paris to take part in the Paris World Games sevens that will be held on the 7th and 8th July 2018.
Following their campaign at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in April, training resumed last week ahead of the Asian Games where rugby sevens will be one of the sporting disciplines that the country will be participating in.
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The national sevens team is set to train in Paris and will also participate in the Paris World Games which includes a rugby tournament that will see key local & regional teams partaking.
Speaking to ThePapare on the upcoming program, Chief Executive Officer for Sri Lanka Rugby Priyantha Ekanayake added that this will be the main preparation stint for the sevens team before they make it to Indonesia in late August.
“We are in the process of finalizing the visas for the team and they will spend time in Paris in France ahead of the Asian Games. After this stint, we will have something more than 1 ½ months which is enough time to prepare” he said.
“This will be a good opportunity for the boys since there will be many regional as well as national teams playing so it will be good exposure for the side” Ekanayake added.
This is the first occasion where the national team has been provided the opportunity of training in an overseas facility in the recent past and the selectors along with the coach are in the process of finalizing the touring squad.
Sri Lanka under the leadership of Sudarshana Muthuthanthri did have a reasonably good campaign at the Commonwealth Games going head to head with the heavyweights in the world rugby sevens arena.
It will be important that the Tuskers get the best out of the opportunity in their stint in France with the Asian Games and the Asian Sevens Series coming later this year.