Oak Maedow Phuket
Oak Maedow Phuket BRITISH INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, PHUKET Kata Rocks
The Phuket News Novosti Phuket Khao Phuket

Login | Create Account | Search


World Rugby Sevens Series cancelled over coronavirus

World Rugby Sevens Series cancelled over coronavirus

RUGBY: The remainder of this year’s World Rugby Sevens Series has been cancelled over the coronavirus, the sport’s governing body said today (June 30), with the flagship Hong Kong tournament among five events called off.

Rugby
By AFP

Tuesday 30 June 2020, 04:28PM


The Hong Kong Sevens is the city’s flagship sporting event. Photo: AFP file

The Hong Kong Sevens is the city’s flagship sporting event. Photo: AFP file

Tournaments in Langford in Canada, London, Paris, Singapore and Hong Kong will not be played this year, with the men’s and women’s titles both awarded to pacesetters New Zealand.

“The decision follows detailed and constructive dialogue with the host and participating unions, and has been taken with the health and wellbeing of the rugby community and the wider public as top priority,” a World Rugby statement said.

Hong Kong had been due to be the final stop of the rejigged sevens calendar after it was moved from its traditional April slot because of the pandemic.

The Hong Kong Sevens, which has been held every year since 1976, is an important source of revenue and prestige for the city which has also endured severe political upheaval over the past year.

The colourful, three-day tournament is the signature event of the World Sevens Series and was a driving force behind rugby’s return to the Olympics in 2016.

“While it is very disappointing for players, fans, organisers and everyone involved to have to cancel these events due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, the health and wellbeing of the rugby community and wider society remains the number one priority,” said World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont.

“These difficult decisions have been taken following detailed consultation with our union partners and in line with advice from the various government and public health agencies around the world.”

Comment on this story

* Please login to comment. If you do not have an account please register below by simply entering a username, password and email address. You can still leave your comment below at the same time.

CAPTCHA

Be the first to comment.

 

Have a news tip-off? Click here

 

Phuket community
Prayut backs return of tourists

Somethings smells off, not sure if its the Durian chips or the PM?...(Read More)


Ministry vows Bangkok special tourist visa arrivals by October

Thai Government refuse to understand, that foreigners, after a year of hard working go out for a fre...(Read More)


Phuket Immigration overwhelmed as foreigners race to extend stay in Thailand

Does Thai Immigration has enough handcuffs/shackles, prison space for thousands of overstayers? Have...(Read More)


Activists end rally after submitting demands

What an absurd comment sleepy Ro.! Everyone who learned a little bit about Thailand's history wo...(Read More)


UK exempts Thais from quarantine

anyway, as far as I'm concerned, PN has gone to the dogs.. I will no longer comment....(Read More)


Rally leaders face charges

Seems the thai police completely miss what is living in Thailand, in what boiling pot they stir thei...(Read More)


UK exempts Thais from quarantine

My mistake... wrong stop over.. yes, I make a mistake, of course it should be "stop over"...(Read More)


Scandinavians eye long stays in Phuket under new visa

When one has a world wide valid foreign unlimited Health Insurance ( except usa), does he needs on t...(Read More)


UK exempts Thais from quarantine

Well, Dek is wrong with his 'direct' flights as for european flights you have to change airc...(Read More)