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Hong Kong Rugby Sevens Decision Looms in Test of City’s Revival

  • Iconic event rescheduled to November after Covid cancellations
  • Threat of renewed virus curbs persists in closed-off Hong Kong
A match between Argentina and New Zealand at the Hong Kong Sevens in 2019.
A match between Argentina and New Zealand at the Hong Kong Sevens in 2019.Photographer: Sawayasu Tsuji/Getty Images

The fate of this year’s Hong Kong Rugby Sevens will be decided in weeks as organizers await government approval to host the iconic event for the first time since the pandemic began. If clearance doesn’t come soon, the tournament, already rescheduled to November, will likely be canceled again. 

“It’s not a slam dunk, but the government is definitely trying to help us with a pathway to allow us to put the event on in November,” Hong Kong Rugby Union Chief Executive Officer Robbie McRobbie said in an interview Wednesday. “We really need to be in a position by the end of this month, early July, if we’re going to go, we have to push the button.”