HK get security nod to compete in Sri Lanka

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 04 September, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 04 September, 2007, 12:00am

Hong Kong will take part in the Sri Lankan Sevens this weekend after the Asian Rugby Football Union (ARFU) yesterday gave the green light for the tournament.

'It is a go,' said Hong Kong Rugby Football Union (HKRFU) chairman Trevor Gregory. 'The Sri Lankan rugby union will adopt some additional recommendations made by an independent security company, and on this basis we have agreed to take part.'

Gregory refused to reveal what the revised security plan involved. But it is understood the additional details had satisfied the ARFU, which had sanctioned the event. The HKRFU board then decided yesterday morning that the local sevens squad should participate.

A 10-man Hong Kong squad, coached by Rodney McIntosh, will leave on Thursday for the weekend tournament to be held at Kandy. A total of 10 teams from Asia are due to take part, including South Korea, China, and Taiwan.

Fears over security in the island-nation torn by a long-running war between government forces and the rebel Tamil Tigers had seen Japan and Singapore withdraw from the annual tournament.