The Hong Kong stage of the World Rugby Sevens Series will be postponed until November of next year from April, the Hong Kong Rugby Union and World Rugby have announced, marking the fifth time it has been postponed since the start of the pandemic . The back-to-back postponements have forced the Hong Kong Rugby Union to deplete its financial reserves with pandemic-related losses to date of HK $ 200 million ($ 26 million) and downsizing by more than 40%.
Given the uncertainty over travel restrictions linked to the coronavirus and the potential disruptions that result, the decision to postpone the event was made “in the best interests of the tournament, the teams and the fans,” said Tuesday the Hong Kong Rugby Union and World Rugby in a statement. . “We understand that fans at home and abroad will be disappointed, but we appeal to their continued patience and support,” said Robbie McRobbie, general manager of the Hong Kong Rugby Union.
Hong Kong has some of the world’s toughest coronavirus restrictions, which have come under heavy criticism from business leaders and diplomats who say they could threaten the city’s position as a global financial center. ($ 1 = 7.7875 Hong Kong dollars) (Reporting by Twinnie Siu and Anne Marie Roantree; Editing by Muralikumar Anantharaman)
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