Tom Bell
Tom Bell

‘You can’t run on fumes forever … If we couldn’t get this back up and running, we were going to run out of cash,’ Hong Kong Rugby Union’s Robbie McRobbie says.

Chief Executive John Lee calls the tournament ‘one of the most popular sporting events in Asia’ and ‘living proof’ Hong Kong has returned to the world.

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‘The atmosphere has been sensational. The noise electric. The Sevens is back,’ says Hong Kong captain Max Woodward, as hosts show fight and ignite stadium.

Stadium will screen video tribute to Elvis impersonator Kwok Lam-sang, made by producer of Melvis documentary being filmed when Kwok died during pandemic.

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At the 2005 Hong Kong tournament, designated as sevens’ World Cup, young William Ryder gave Fiji the next best thing to Waisale Serevi, and they operated irresistibly in tandem.

Aged 18, he inspired New Zealand to their first Sevens title here in five years, before winning the next two years’ as well, without losing a match.

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A lake-like pitch and 78mm of rain on uncovered stands are among the scenes witnessed in years past, whatever Severe Tropical Storm Nalgae’s damage.

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The All Blacks had never won in Hong Kong, but that was to change, with David Kirk the architect, Wayne Shelford the enforcer and Zinzan Brooke a freakish one-off.

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The Post recalls the Hong Kong Sevens’ memorable moments, starting with a try against New Zealand that many said was the best ever, made by Waisale Serevi and finished by Tomasi Cama.

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A running fanatic, the world No 1 explores fully during his visit for the record-breaking Hong Kong Masters, being wowed by Sai Kung and vowing to come back with his family.

‘There’s a new benchmark,’ world champion Ronnie O’Sullivan says, while Marco Fu reveals his plans after hometown Masters put him back on the big stage.

Ronnie O’Sullivan, Judd Trump and the rest battle the heat, and freezing air con, while some want to join the audience and fantasy football transfers are a priority.

Eating outsourced to McDonald’s, and a player’s Covid-19 case is handled differently from the approach that turned recent badminton championships into a farce.

The world champion resists Marco Fu fightback to take HK$1 million prize at Hong Kong Coliseum, watched by another record crowd on landmark occasion for the city.

Hongkonger Marco Fu beats John Higgins in thriller thanks to a maximum break in the deciding frame, before Ronnie O’Sullivan recovers to see off Neil Robertson.

Local favourite Ng On-yee beaten but arena is warmed by supreme Ronnie O’Sullivan, after Mark Williams struggles to stay awake as he arrives as Covid stand-in.

Local favourite Marco Fu, absent from the snooker circuit during the pandemic, beats a ‘bamboozled’ Mark Selby before John Higgins and Judd Trump share a high-quality encounter.

Mark Selby says snooker calendar lacks time to fit in quarantine before tournaments, as Hong Kong holds its first major international sports event since start of pandemic.

Mark Williams to replace the Chinese sensation following test result on day of tournament launch, in ill-timed blow as play gets under way at Hong Kong Coliseum.

Hong Kong suffer 3-1 defeat after Coleman Wong and Kevin Wong have match points against higher-ranked Hsu Yu-Hsiou and Ray Ho at pivotal moment in the tie.

City stun Taiwan in World Group II as Wong beats opponent ranked 601 places above him, and he will play twice more in quest to turn tables on team who routed them 4-0 in 2019.

‘We did not dare to think of it before,’ captain Huang Yang says after Philippines’ defeat sends Jorn Andersen’s side into 2023 finals before final group game.

Japan need to play stronger opposition more often to keep progressing, talisman Michael Leitch says as he targets Eddie Jones’ England at 2023 World Cup.