Coronavirus causes Hong Kong and Singapore legs to be postponed

Coronavirus causes Hong Kong and Singapore legs to be postponed”

World Rugby and local organizers have rescheduled the Hong Kong and Singapore rounds of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series due to the outbreak of the new coronavirus.

"The rescheduling to October is in response to the COVID-19 outbreak and the ensuing travel and logistical implications", the Honk Kong Rugby Union explained in a statement.

Kenya's preparation for the 2020 Olympics has been disrupted following the rescheduling of the Hong Kong and Singapore tournaments, which have been moved from April to October over the coronavirus.

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

Rugby AU performance manager Sevens Scott Bowen says they have started to sound out other countries like New Zealand and Fiji about setting up some matches before the Hong Kong and Singapore 7s.

Sportsmail understands that the tournament - scheduled for May - has been cancelled amid concerns over the continued disruption caused by the outbreak of the virus in neighbouring China, as well as anti-government protests in Hong Kong.

This development comes a day after Formula One's Chinese Grand Prix was postponed owing to the same reasons.

Last month, officials in Hong Kong said they had "no plans" to cancel the event which is part of both the World Rugby Sevens Series and the World Rugby Women's Sevens Series.

The colorful, three-day tournament is the signature event of the sevens series and was a driving force behind the sport's Olympic inclusion.

"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.

Athletics' World Indoor Championships, due to be held in Nanjing in March, were postponed for a year, while boxing, tennis, basketball, skiing, diving, snooker and badminton have also been affected in China.

Nothing has been announced regarding the inaugural Vietnamese Grand Prix, scheduled for April 5 on a Hanoi street circuit.

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