Kenya Under 20 players in a past action. Photo Courtesy/Denis Acre-Half

Barthes slated for Kenya postponed due to Coronavirus concerns


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Rugby Africa has postponed the Under 20 Barthes Cup until furtther notice due to Coronavirus and related health concerns.

The decision to postpone the tournament which was set RFUEA Grounds from April 19-26 comes after consultation between Kenya Rugby Union and World Rugby.

Rugby Africa President Khaled Babbou stated that: “The Ministry of Health of the Republic of Kenya has issued an update on COVID-19 on the 6th of March. Among other points it states: ‘The Government has, with immediate effect banned all meetings, conferences and events of international nature in Kenya.”

The President added the tournament will not be cancelled but a new date will be announced soon.

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“As much as Rugby Africa, the host and most of all the young players are looking forward to the continental U20 competition in Nairobi, we need to take every precaution we possibly can from our side to protect our players and support the fight against the Coronavirus as set out by the authorities. The tournament is not cancelled, but only postponed to a later date which we will communicate in due time. We thank the Kenyan Rugby Union for their tremendous support.”

Kenya Rugby Union Chairman Oduor Gangla on his part says the union supports the decision as safety comes first.

“As a host union, the safety and welfare of the participants is at the heart of our endeavours. We support Rugby Africa and the Kenyan authorities in their protective measures to our best abilities and therefore fully support the decision to postpone the U20” he stated.

This becomes the third rugby event to be postponed after Hong Kong and Singapore 7s which were pushed to October.

Kenya has the rights to host the junior tournament till 2022.

 

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