14 Feb 2020

Sport: Singapore, Hong Kong 7s postponed due to coronavirus

9:54 am on 14 February 2020

The Singapore and Hong Kong legs of the World Sevens Series have been postponed due to the coronavirus.

Both tournaments have been moved from April to October.

Fiji make it five straight in Hong Kong.

Fiji have won five consecutive Hong Kong Sevens titles. Photo: Mike Lee - KLC fotos for World Rugby

In a statement, World Rugby said the health and safety of players, fans and everyone working on the event is their highest priority.

"This prudent decision has been taken in order to help protect the global rugby community and the wider public and was taken based on the World Health Organisation and relevant public authority travel and health guidelines.

"The decision is fully supported by stakeholders, including unions and commercial partners."

Hong Kong Sevens Rugby

Hong Kong is the mecca of sevens rugby. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

The Fiji men are five-time defending champions in the Hong Kong event, which they have won a record 19 times, while 2020 marks the first time Hong Kong will be an official event in the Women's Sevens Series.

The Hong Kong event also includes a men's and women's World Series qualifying tournament, with eight men's and eight women's teams competing for a permanent core-team spot on the 2020/21 circuit.

Papua New Guinea's Alice Alois celebrates a try against Scotland during the Women's World Sevens Series Qualifier in Hong Kong.

The PNG Palais are among the teams attempting to earn core team status on the next World Sevens Series. Photo: Mike Lee - KLC fotos for World Rugby

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