The Olympic debut of the rugby sevens competition at Rio 2016 is set to be held at the Estadio Olimpico Joao Havelange.

The event was originally scheduled to be at the Sao Januario Stadium but necessary guarantees required by the International Olympic Committee and the International Rugby Board (IRB) were not provided by the end of October deadline.

The Estadio Olimpico Joao Havelange, located in the neighbourhood of Engenho de Dentro and built for the 2007 Pan American Games, was a logical solution. The venue is not being utilised until it hosts the athletics events in the second week of the showcase competition.  

An extra 14,000 will be added to the capacity of the stadium, named after Brazil's former FIFA President, in preparation for the Olympic Games.

An IRB spokesman said: "The IRB has been kept fully informed by Rio 2016 of the on-going discussions regarding the selection of the sports venue for the Olympic Games rugby sevens events.

"The IRB will continue to work alongside Rio 2016 and the IOC to ensure the delivery of outstanding and successful rugby sevens events for teams, fans and the Olympic and rugby families."

Posted on 03/12/2012