We got good response from our article on whether we should panic over Youth Olympic results. Some wanted to know more of the background detail on the tournament. As a result, we talked with Director of Sevens Alex Magleby who filled us in on a few details.
Originally the U.S. weren't included in the original line-up for the Olympics. Because that was the case the tournament wasn't included in the budge. However, when the invitation arrived from the IOC in the Spring, Magleby and others had to decide whether or not to participate. The late invitation meant that they still had to go throguh the USOC process and have a minimum of 30 days to hire a coach. That put them late into the Spring/early Summer.
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