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Olympic Games – Japan’s Kuwait returns to the Games as a rugby referee
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Olympic Games – Japan’s Kuwait returns to the Games as a rugby referee

Japan’s Ano Kuwai will compete in her second Olympic Games in July with a whistle instead of a rugby ball in hand after being named in the 23-strong squad of match officials for the Sevens tournament in Paris. Kuwai, who scored Japan’s first try in the first Sevens tournament of the 2016 Rio Games, becomes the first person to play in an Olympic tournament and referee.

“Since I switched from player to referee three years ago, I have been working towards the goal of being on the field during the Olympic Games,” she said in a statement released by the Japan Rugby Football Union. “I will do my best to meet everyone’s expectations and contribute in some small way to the development of Japanese rugby.”

Kuwai is one of six women who will feature at the July 24-30 tournament at the Stade de France in Paris.

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