World Rugby cancels Hamilton and Sydney legs of Sevens World Series involving Australia and New Zealand

World Rugby announced that the New Zealand and Australian events would be canceled in 2021 and it planned to start the annual series with events in Hong Kong and Singapore in April.

Agence France-Presse September 02, 2020 10:52:19 IST
World Rugby cancels Hamilton and Sydney legs of Sevens World Series involving Australia and New Zealand

Representational Image. AP

New Zealand Rugby says its supports the decision to cancel the Hamilton and Sydney legs of the Sevens World Series in January because of uncertainty amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

World Rugby announced that the New Zealand and Australian events would be canceled in 2021 and it planned to start the annual series with events in Hong Kong and Singapore in April.

“We continue to closely monitor the ongoing and dynamic global situation with COVID-19 and the health and well being of the rugby community and the wider public remains sacrosanct,” World Rugby chief executive Brett Gosper said.

“While it is disappointing not to be able to go ahead with the series events in New Zealand and Australia ... we are working very hard together with all host organizations, participating unions and other stakeholders to bring a safe, secure and highly impactful return to action as soon as possible.”

New Zealand and Australia have each closed international borders during the pandemic and imposed quarantines on returning travelers among other community restrictions.

NZR’s head of professional rugby, Chris Lendrum, said World Rugby’s decision was sensible and “we understand and support the decision to cancel.”

World Rugby canceled the remaining tournaments of the 2020 world series in March and later awarded the men’s and women’s titles to New Zealand, which was leading both series.

Planning continues for a Olympic repechage final qualification event in the first half of 2021. With 21 of the 24 teams already qualified for the Olympic rugby sevens competition in Tokyo, the remaining two women’s and one men’s spots will be determined at the last qualification event.

Updated Date:

also read

Sharing Olympic gold at Tokyo was special but will not happen again, say high-jumpers Gianmarco Tamberi and Mutaz Essa Barshim
Sports

Sharing Olympic gold at Tokyo was special but will not happen again, say high-jumpers Gianmarco Tamberi and Mutaz Essa Barshim

Italian Tamberi and Qatar's Barshim shared the high jump gold medal in one of the most extraordinary moments of the Tokyo Olympics last year.

Swimmer Sajan Prakash ready to take bigger strides after 'breakthrough' moment
Sports

Swimmer Sajan Prakash ready to take bigger strides after 'breakthrough' moment

Prakash made history by becoming the first Indian to breach the Games ‘A’ standard time, achieving the feat at the Sette Colli Trophy in Rome in 2021. Srihari Nataraj followed him soon after, achieving the ‘A’ qualifying time at the same event.

Indian discus thrower Kamalpreet Kaur tests positive for steroid
Sports

Indian discus thrower Kamalpreet Kaur tests positive for steroid

Indian discus thrower Kamalpreet Kaur, who was placed sixth at the Tokyo Olympics last summer, has tested positive for an anabolic steroid, the Athletics Integrity Unit said Wednesday.