THE ABSOLUTE BASICS
A variation of the 15-aside rugby union game, sevens gets its name from the number of players on each team – three forwards and four backs.
With two seven-minute halves, sevens is much shorter than the 15-man game but the 12 teams in both the men’s and women’s tournaments play up to six matches over three days.
HOW MANY MEDALS?
There is one gold medal up for grabs in both the men’s and women’s tournaments.
WHAT HAPPENED IN RIO?
Fiji won the inaugural men’s tournament in fine style by thrashing Britain 43-7 in the final, securing the Pacific island nation its first Olympic gold medal amid emotional scenes.
Australia were the first women’s champions, 24-17 winners over New Zealand in the gold medal final at Deodoro Stadium.