Japan cancelled the Tokyo Olympics’ rugby take a look at occasion on Wednesday within the newest disruption brought on by the brand new coronavirus, which has raised issues over whether or not the Video games will go forward on time.
Organisers stated they could not assure a protected operating of the Asia Sevens Invitational, scheduled for April 25-26.
“Because the affect of the novel coronavirus spreads internationally, we’re not in a position to assure that the event will likely be held safely at this level,” Japan Rugby Soccer Union stated in a press release.
The event’s demise comes after the Hong Kong and Singapore Sevens have been postponed as chaos brought on by the virus sweeps by the sporting calendar.
Greater than 90 000 individuals have been contaminated and three 100 killed since COVID-19 emerged in China late final yr, earlier than spreading to over 70 nations.
In Japan, a wheelchair rugby take a look at occasion for the Paralympics was cancelled this week, whereas coaching for Olympics volunteers was postponed and the nationwide torch relay appears to be like set to be scaled again.
Japan’s prime minister has known as for colleges to shut and for main occasions to be cancelled, whereas a number of Olympic qualifying tournaments around the globe have been delayed, cancelled or moved.
The JRFU stated the sevens event had been cancelled earlier than groups organize flights and make different plans.
Olympics organisers stated they’d perform a rugby take a look at occasion “in some kind” after “confirming it’s protected to take action”.
Officers have repeatedly harassed that they are dedicated to holding the Olympics as scheduled from July 24 to August 9.
On Tuesday, Japan’s Olympic minister instructed parliament that the internet hosting settlement appeared to permit suspending the Video games till later within the yr.