Canada Sevens organizers move BC Place tournament to April

Omicron caused the postponement of Vancouver’s stoppage of the World Rugby Sevens Series.

Rugby Canada has announced that the Canada Sevens tournament, originally scheduled for February 26-27, will now take place on April 16-17.

“The decision to postpone is based on the evolving COVID-19 conditions in British Columbia and was made with consideration for the health and well-being of players, fans, staff and society at large. said Rugby Canada Chief Commercial Officer Jamie Levchuk. “Should the COVID-19 pandemic continue to pose a security concern for longer than anticipated, we will work with World Rugby and stakeholders to stage the 2022 HSBC Canada Sevens at a time when the conditions are right. We would like to thank tournament fans and our valued partners for their continued support and understanding as we adapt to ensure everyone’s safety and well-being.

The 2022 edition of Canada Sevens will mark the seventh year of the hugely successful tournament in Vancouver. Remarkably, Vancouver did not fail to host a tournament due to the pandemic. The 2020 tournament took place just before the widespread closures, while Vancouver and Edmonton were the only World Rugby Sevens Series stops in the 2020-21 season last September.

“The annual HSBC Canada Sevens tournament is considered one of the best rugby events in the world and is strongly supported by rugby fans, sports fans and the community at large,” added Levchuk. “We are fully committed to doing everything in our power to deliver this flagship event in April 2022.”

The current health order would limit fan capacity at BC Place to 50%, although the hope is that the restrictions will be relaxed before the April tournament.

Rugby Canada says purchased tournament passes remain valid and will automatically transfer to the new April dates. Additional tickets are currently available for purchase on CanadaSevens.com.

“Together with the tournament hosts, we are disappointed that we will not be able to stage these events on the dates originally planned,” said Alan Gilpin, chief executive of World Rugby. “However, the global nature of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series and the logistical restrictions associated with the ongoing and dynamic nature of the pandemic continue to present a challenge to all stakeholders. Our collective goal is to ensure that events are as safe, impactful and enjoyable as possible for everyone involved and therefore postponing is the best course of action. »

Vancouver is not the only World Rugby Sevens Series stop that has been affected by COVID-19 this season, as tournaments in Australia and New Zealand have been scrapped.

The Los Angeles Sevens was recently moved from March 5-6 to August 27-28, and the Singapore Sevens (April 9-10) could also be postponed according to a report by Patrick Johnston of Postmedia.

The World Rugby Sevens Series held two events in Dubai in November and December this season and is about to visit Spain for the first timein Malaga this weekend and in Seville from January 28 to 30.

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