Published: Sat, February 15, 2020
Markets | By Otis Pena

Hong Kong, Singapore Sevens postponed

Hong Kong, Singapore Sevens postponed

The Singapore Sevens will now take place on 10/11th October with the Hong Kong tournament to conclude the World Series on 16-18 October.

The infection episode is having a significant influence on the showing off schedule and the 2020 Chinese Grand Prix was postponed on Wednesday.

Concerns over the coronavirus outbreak could reportedly lead to both the Hong Kong and Singapore Sevens tournaments being postponed.

The Hong Kong and Singapore rounds have now been moved from April to October.

On Thursday, the coronavirus death toll in China rose above 1,350.

The Hong Kong Sevens, which arguably popularised and globalised the shortened version of rugby in the 1990s, is considered the marquee stop on the 10-tournament circuit.

World Rugby announced on Thursday night that the two Asian World Series legs, originally scheduled for early April, would be pushed back to October.

Papua New Guinea's Alice Alois celebrates a try against Scotland during the Women's World Sevens Series Qualifier in Hong Kong
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But organisers of the Tokyo Olympics insist they're not considering putting off or cancelling this summer's Games.

"The decision is made in response to the preventive measures taken by the Hong Kong SAR Government and health authorities worldwide to contain the novel coronavirus epidemic", it added.

The Hong Kong Sevens, an annual springtime fixture since 1976, is an important source of revenue and prestige for a city which has plunged into recession following months of pro-democracy protests and the US-China trade war.

Hong Kong's economy contracted for the first time in a decade previous year, and the worst yet to come, with no end in sight to the protests in the Chinese-ruled city and the virus outbreak in mainland China.

"The safety and well-being of our exhibitors and participants has always been our priority", said the HKTDC in a note sent out to participants.

The Chinese Grand Prix and World Athletics Indoor Championships, which were both due to held next month, have joined tennis, football and golf in facing postponements and cancellations as a result of the virus.

China's Hubei province reports 13 new coronavirus deaths - state media
China announced a ban on the temporary sale of bushmeat through which the virus may have been transmitted to humans. As of midnight in Beijing (1600 GMT) on January 25, the death toll in China had risen to 56, authorities reported.

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