Ouma to miss Paris, Lon­don for Rio

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The Kenyan Sev­ens rugby team has suf­fered a blow with news that Os­car Ouma will miss the two re­main­ing legs of the World Sev­ens Se­ries. The Nakuru RFC loose for­ward, who picked up a knee in­jury dur­ing the sec­ond leg in Cape Town, but ag­gra­vated in Las Ve­gas, will miss the Paris and Lon­don legs. Ouma was not avail­able for the Hong Kong and Sin­ga­pore rounds and he un­der­went a suc­cess­ful surgery last week. In an in­ter­view with Fev­er­pitch, Ouma, who put the great New Zealand player Sonny Bill Wil­liams (SBW) flat on his back in the third leg, said he will not rush his re­turn to ac­tion be­fore the Rio Olympics.

“I don’t think I will be around for the next two legs,” he told Stan­dard Dig­i­tel News “Prob­a­bly the per­son who is go­ing to come back (from an ankle in­jury), is Billy Od­hi­ambo. I am fo­cus­ing on the Olympics and will not rush my re­turn. I just want to re­cover and then make sure I am in good shape to fight for a place in the team.” With young play­ers like Frank Wanyama, Sammy Oliech, Nel­son Oyoo and Robert Aringo al­ready prov­ing their worth, the former Kandy SC star be­lieves his ab­sence will be rarely felt in Paris and Lon­don.

“The fu­ture is very bright for the Kenyan rugby team. As you saw, most of the guys who played in the cir­cuit have not been around for long, but with the guid­ance of Humphrey (Kayange), An­drew (Amonde) and Collins (In­jera), they have shown they can also per­form at that level.” “Af­ter we won the Sin­ga­pore leg, we can build on that and con­tinue win­ning. It is some­thing we know we can do. Go­ing into the Olympics, our tar­get is to fin­ish within the medal bracket,” said Ouma. And given the high level of com­pe­ti­tion in the team, Ouma con­ceded he would have to fight for his place on his re­turn.

“Once there is com­pe­ti­tion, at least you are sure that those who are trav­el­ling are the best. So with the young guys step­ping, up it poses a big chal­lenge for the se­nior play­ers.”

Ouma was not avail­able for the Hong Kong and Sin­ga­pore rounds and he un­der­went a suc­cess­ful surgery last week.

Kenyan Sev­ens rep Os­car Ouma.

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