Singapore, Hong Kong Sevens postponed due to coronavirus

Andrew Cummings
February 15, 2020

The two events now move from April towards the end of the series, with the Hong Kong leg taking place from 10 to 11 October, followed by the Singapore Sevens tournament, which begins on 16 October, concluding on Sunday, the 18th.

Organisers of the SportAccord World Sport and Business Summit, due to be held in Beijing from April 19-24, said in a statement on Thursday that the event is being moved away from China because of the outbreak.

"This prudent decision... was taken based on the World Health Organisation and relevant public authority travel and health guidelines. (It).is fully supported by stakeholders, including unions and commercial partners", the body continued.

Ticket holders have been told that their purchases will be honoured for the rescheduled events but that a full refund will be provided in the event the new dates make attendance unfeasible.

Hong Kong's economy contracted for the first time in a decade past 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 Hong Kong marathon and Hong Kong Longines Masters showjumping event have both been cancelled.

Preparations for competitions in the city have also been impacted by long-running protests against the Government.

The COVID-19 death toll leapt to 1,367 today with over 60,000 infections in China, where the virus is thought to have emerged in the city of Wuhan.

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

Chinese companies are some of the major participants in the Mobile World Congress and with many embassies in China refusing to issue visas to travellers, many of them would not have been in a postion to attend.

A group of 28 countries and territories are affected in all, with the World Health Organization declaring a global emergency.

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