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  • "Top-notch" Rugby Sevens Tournament in Glasgow -- Media Watch


    07/29/14

    During competition at the Commonwealth Games on Sunday, South Africa defeated New Zealand in the rugby sevens final. (Getty Images)
    The Associated Press says the road to Rio de Janeiro for the 2016 Olympic debut of rugby sevens "took a lively detour" over the weekend to the Ibrox Stadium in Glasgow, Scotland. During competition at the 2014 Commonwealth Games on Sunday, South Africa defeated New Zealand 17-12 in the rugby sevens final.

    The International Rugby Union tells the AP that the "top four teams from the IRB world series of 2014-15 will automatically" be guaranteed spots at the 2016 Summer Olympics. "What's not so guaranteed is where the Olympic tournament will be played in Brazil," AP reporter Dennis Passa writes.

    The Daily Mail's Rob Robertson discusses how rugby sevens "rocked" the Ibrox Stadium on a "raucous, record-breaking weekend of pulsating action and a South African triumph."

    The AFP says rugby sevens offered up a "top-notch" tournament at this year's Commonwealth Games, giving the sport another "massive boost ahead of its much-anticipated inclusion" in the 2016 Rio Olympics.

    "Rio de Janeiro seems a long way from a chilly summer night in Glasgow," Dominion Post deputy sports editor Mark Geenty writes, "but rugby sevens guru Gordon Tietjens has already sent out his wish list of stars for the next Olympics." The head coach for New Zealand's national rugby sevens team breaks down the road ahead for players who decide to vie for a spot on the 2016 Olympic roster.

    Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wants robots to compete at the 2020 Olympics (Getty Images)
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    Digital Trends reporter Jason Hahn discusses Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's desire to see robots compete at the 2020 Summer Olympics. "In 2020," Abe told the press in a statement, "I would like to gather all of the world’s robots and aim to hold an Olympics where they compete in technical skills." 

    Asahi Shimbun staff writer Louis Templado says that while Tokyo is preparing to host the 2020 Olympics, a local bicycle commute activist is concerned the city "still has a way to go before it can call itself a world-class city for cycling."

    Boston is one of four U.S. cities vying to bid for the 2024 Olympics. (Getty Images)
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    Boston Globe reporter Christopher Klein discusses how Boston "was shaped by the trophies it didn't win." Boston "tried and failed to host the 1980 alterna-Olympics, the 1976 World Expo, and NASA Mission Control," Klein writes. "They ended up changing the landscape anyway."

    The Associated Press explores how the 2024 Summer Olympics "might look if staged in Los Angeles, Boston, Washington or San Francisco."

    In Other News

    Football Espana speculates as to whether Neymar could play in the 2016 Olympics. The Brazilian footballer sustained a lumbar fracture earlier this month when he was kneed in the back by Colombia's Juan Camilo Zuniga late in their FIFA World Cup quarterfinal match.

    Fox Sports discusses what made Jamaican track star Usain Bolt's recent press conference at the 2014 Commonwealth Games "insane." During his first appearance in Glasgow, Fox Sports says reporters asked Bolt--one of the biggest stars in world sport--about his thoughts on topics including Gaza and the Scottish referendum.

    Compiled by Nicole Bennett

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