Coronavirus Postpones Hong Kong Rugby Sevens


Coronavirus has postponed the 2020 Hong Kong Sevens to October, reports Jonathan White. An official announcement is to come from World Rugby this week.

Regarded as the pinnacle annual event of Rugby Sevens, the tournament was scheduled to be played on 3-5 April 2020.

Organizers said as late as two weeks ago they thought the tournament would take place, but the virus that has killed more than 1100 people has forced them to shift the event to October, reports the South China Morning Post.

The Hong Kong Rugby Union refused to confirm the postponement, although Chief Executive Robbie McRobbie says an announcement would be made by governing body World Rugby later this week.

Olympic champions Fiji have won the last five Hong Kong titles, while New Zealand lead the standings of the current series.

If confirmed, the tournament joins a long list of international sports events in Asia that have been canceled, postponed or moved because of the virus, most notably the indoor world athletics championships in Nanjing that was supposed to be held from 13-15 March.