sport news Hong Kong Sevens is latest sporting event to fall victim to coronavirus

Hong Kong Rugby Sevens is latest sporting event to fall victim to  coronavirus in blow to GB team ahead of Olympics World Rugby are prepared to announce the event will not take place in April The Sevens tournament has been held annually in Hong Kong since 1976 The governing body hope it can be rescheduled for later in the year World Athletics Indoor Championships and Chinese Grand Prix also affected

By Matt Hughes For The Daily Mail

Published: 22:30 GMT, 12 February 2020 | Updated: 00:00 GMT, 13 February 2020

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The Hong Kong Sevens is set to be postponed as the sporting impact of the coronavirus spreads beyond China.

Sportsmail has learned that World Rugby are preparing to announce that the world's premier Sevens tournament, which has been held annually in Hong Kong since 1976, will not take place in April as planned, although the governing body hope it can be rescheduled for later in the year.

The postponement or cancellation is a particularly unfortunate blow for rugby this year because the competition had been targeted by the 24 competing nations as crucial preparation for the Tokyo Olympics.

The world¿s premier Sevens tournament has been held annually in Hong Kong since 1976

The world's premier Sevens tournament has been held annually in Hong Kong since 1976

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