World Rugby, the Hong Kong Rugby Union and Sport Singapore on Thursday announced the rescheduling of the Hong Kong and Singapore rounds of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2020 in response to continued health concerns relating to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
“The health and safety of our players, fans and everyone working on the event is always our highest priority,” World Rugby said in a statement. “This prudent decision has been taken in order to help protect the global rugby community and the wider public and was taken based on the World Health Organisation and relevant public authority travel and health guidelines. The decision is fully supported by stakeholders, including unions and commercial partners.
The Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens, originally scheduled for April 3-5, will now be held from October 16-18 at the Hong Kong Sevens. The Singapore Sevens, originally from April 11-12, will now be held on October 10-11.
BREAKING: The Hong Kong and Singapore rounds of the 2020 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series have been rescheduled owing to ongoing coronavirus health concerns.
All official tickets will be valid for the rescheduled events.
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The two tournaments will be part of the final round of 2019-20 HSBC World Sevens Series, which means the two cities will host two major sevens tournaments within six months of each other. Fans who have bought tickets can use them for the October events or can request a full refund.
“We are confident that the move to October will ensure a very unique and special 45th Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens, and we look forward to once again welcoming the rugby world to Hong Kong,” said Robbie McRobbie, chief executive officer at the HKRU.
It is the first time in the tournament’s 45-year history that the Hong Kong Sevens will be played outside of its traditional spring window. The HKRU remains appreciative of the support of World Rugby, the Hong Kong Government and its other partners and stakeholders, and most especially the fans, who remain the lifeblood of the
event, in 2020.
The Hong Kong Sevens is the pioneering tournament for modern seven-a-side rugby. It was launched in 1976 and has helped to popularise the game around the world and eventually earn Olympic recognition.