The seventh leg of the World 7s Series -Hong Kong 7s which was slated for 3-6 April is likely to be pushed to October due to the cases of Coronavirus which has affected several parts of the World.
Reports by Hong Kong local broadcaster TVB indicate the event which was set to mark the 45th edition of the competition has been postponed while a section of media outlets have quoted Hong Kong Rugby Union Chief Executive Robbie McRobbie who revealed that an official statement on the tournament will be released on Thursday evening.
“We’ll make an announcement of what we intend to do tomorrow evening (Thursday).” McRobbie is quoted.
Coronavirus which was first identified in Wuhan, China, has gone to affect more than 27 other countries and over 1000 people have lost their lives.
This has lead to flights to and from China being cancelled until the virus is contained. Competitions such as Formula One Grand Prix have been postponed.
Late in January Hong Kong Rugby Union had stated they had no plan to postpone the event. They insisted they had the past experience to deal with such cases having been affected by the SARS virus in 2003 but successfully had the event on.
“There are no plans to cancel the Hong Kong Sevens. We are in regular contact with World Rugby and are keeping them updated with the situation on the ground here. There have been no conversations about changing dates or venue,” McRobbie told the South China Morning Post in late January.