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Benzwick disheartened by Olympic setback | Sports activities

Jamaica Rugby Union President Jerry Benzwick says the nationwide women and men’s rugby sevens groups have been confronted with contrasting conditions of their preparation for the World Rugby Seven Repacharge match, which is the ultimate probability for Olympic qualification.

The match might be staged in Monaco on June 19-20.

Jamaica males’s workforce might be in a 10-team match, with two teams of 5, and the ladies in a 12-team competitors, with three teams of 4.

Whereas the vast majority of Jamaica males’s gamers are primarily based in the UK and have been making ready nicely for his or her task, the largely local-based feminine workforce has not had a coaching session collectively because the COVID-19 pandemic compelled a ban on all native sporting actions again in March 2020.

With solely few weeks to go earlier than the ‘Woman Crocs’ play their opening sport, Benzwick mentioned that their failed efforts to get the Authorities’s approval for a coaching camp is a disheartening setback.

“With the lads, most of our gamers are primarily based within the UK. They’ve been coaching and have been placing within the work. We additionally get assist with the teaching facet of our workforce from some good coaches over there and our boys are just about prepared,” mentioned Benzwick.

“The native gamers that may be a part of the group, they’re additionally 120 per cent match, so for each teams, their health degree is superb and it’s the greatest form the workforce has ever been in,” he added.

TEAM SCATTERED

“Nearly all of ladies are native and that is likely one of the explanation why we haven’t been in a position to get in any coaching periods. In the meanwhile, the workforce is scattered,” Benzwick lamented. “The difficulty we’re having is that the federal government ministries are taking very lengthy with our return-to-sport doc so [that] we are able to practice.”

Benzwick argued that though the Authorities is burdened by the quite a few return-to-play proposals from the assorted sporting our bodies, the truth that they’re heading into an Olympic qualification match, they need to have been given some degree of precedence.

“We have now an Olympic qualification match and I don’t assume the doc for the approval of a sport ought to take three months. I do know the ministries have quite a bit on their plate and I perceive the stress. But when the workforce is attempting to qualify for the Olympics, I believe that needs to be given some degree of precedence, positively. It’s a disheartening state of affairs, however we’re decided to go ahead and tackle the problem,” mentioned Benzwick.

Jamaica’s girls workforce is grouped with Papua New Guinea, Tunisia and Khazakistan, and Benzwick believes it’s an open group, the place anyone can advance and preparation would have put them in a greater place to execute.

“That is one among our greatest probability to qualify for the Olympics. Three years from now it’ll be much more troublesome to qualify, so this was our greatest shot … it’s type of disheartening to know that we haven’t gotten approval and we can’t go into camp,” he mentioned.

In the meantime, regardless of the lads having higher preparation going into the match, Benzwick mentioned their highway to qualification might be a lot more durable.

“The lads could have a tougher activity than the ladies. They are going to be up towards three skilled groups in France, Hong Kong and Chile, together with Uganda,” he pointed.

“We all know we are able to beat Uganda, however it will likely be laborious to beat Chile, so too France and Hong Kong. But when we convey our A sport it’s nonetheless anyone’s day, and all it takes is one mistake from a type of giants,” he mentioned.

The 2 finalists from the feminine match will qualify for the Olympics, whereas solely the winner of the lads’s competitors will advance to Tokyo.

livingston.scott@gleanerjm.com

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