Hong Kong, China, September 23, 2022: The 2022 Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens was launched in the heart of the city’s central business district at the HKEX Connect Hall on Friday, September 23 as the Hong Kong Rugby Union signals that the world’s best rugby sevens tournament is back in business on November 4-6.
Guest of honour Paul Chan Mo-po, Financial Secretary of the Hong Kong Government, had the honour of striking the gong to close Hong Kong market trading on Friday and officially open Sevens season in the city.
“The Hong Kong Sevens and business have been an inseparable pair, famously intertwined, for decades. The return of the Sevens means business is returning, too. My colleagues throughout the Government are working with the HKRU to relaunch sporting events – despite the unprecedented challenges brought about by the pandemic,” said the Financial Secretary.
“The momentum will keep on building. Today’s ‘Gong Striking’ makes that clear. Hong Kong is poised to re-embrace the world, and a world of rewarding connections – in business, sports, entertainment and whatever else you have to offer. See you at the Sevens,” added Chan.
With the support of the Hong Kong Government, World Rugby and co-title sponsors Cathay Pacific and HSBC, the Hong Kong Sevens is proceeding for the first time since 2019 after the emergence of the global Covid-19 pandemic. Themed “Our HK7s”, the 2022 event promises a long-awaited reunion of Hong Kong and the world’s rugby clans.
Over 30,000 fans will be allowed entry in November with stadium capacity capped at 85% due to health and safety measures.
The HKRU will enforce a stringent bubble around the participating teams and officials arriving from abroad. This bubble will remain in place through to their departure.
The fan experience will be largely familiar for residents with those entering the stadium required to present their vaccine pass and subject to temperature checks on entry.
Source: Elite Step Asia