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24/07/2020 04:41 PM

KUALA LUMPUR, July 24  – As there will be no rugby sevens event at the 31st Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Vietnam next year, the Malaysian Rugby Union (KRM) is focusing on preparing for the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, the UK in July and Asian Games in Hangzhou, China in September.

National rugby sevens coach, Mohd Saizul Hafifi Md Noor, said he has been informed that KRM will be applying to the National Sports Council (MSN) for funds to join warm-up competitions next year before these two major meets.

“We hope MSN can help the national squad with a budget that will enable us to compete against the big teams next year,” he told Bernama today.

Perhaps there won’t be a rugby sevens event in Vietnam at the SEA Games next year because of the non-availability of international standard facilities.

Mohd Saizul said the national rugby sevens squad is expected to participate in the Asia Rugby Sevens Series being held in various countries like South Korea and Sri Lanka beginning September 2021.

The national squad is made up of 15 players -- aged 22 and below who are mostly university students -- and five seniors.

Its proudest achievements last year were winning the Asia 7s Trophy in Indonesia after beating Singapore 17-14 in the final, as well as bagging the silver medal at the 30th SEA Games in the Philippines.

-- BERNAMA

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