Asian Games: rugby sevens final start delayed by two hours after scheduling mix-up by blundering officials
The Olympic Council of Asia is called in to correct scheduling errors made by rugby officials from Asian Rugby
The much-anticipated start of the final day’s play in rugby sevens at the Asian Games in Jakarta was delayed by over two hours on Saturday following a scheduling mix-up that caused an appeal to be lodged by one of the competing teams.
A Games official would initially only confirm that a team had lodged an official appeal after Friday’s play and that the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) had been called in to rule on the appeal.
Hundreds of spectators were left waiting in scorching conditions, with the mercury reaching 34 degrees, for the women’s action to resume after two men’s ranking round games were played from 11am (Indonesia time).
Spectators were told that there would be a delay before the resumption of the women’s 5th-8th ranking round of games, which involved Hong Kong, while technical issues were addressed.
At 1pm, spectators were thanked for their patience and informed play would begin soon. An hour later at 2pm they were informed that play would resume at 2.44pm.
A games official with knowledge of the situation later confirmed that the delay had been due to a scheduling error involving blundering tournament officials.
The source confirmed the Asian Rugby Technical Delegation had made mistakes in its scheduling, which required the OCA’s intervention to correct.
Action commenced at 2.44pm with an altered schedule from what was initially advertised.
Hong Kong played hosts Indonesia, and romped to a 51-0 win, rather than South Korea as initially scheduled, with the Koreans facing Singapore.
All of the remaining action was pushed back as a result of the delay, with the gold medal matches now only scheduled to start at 8.40pm (men’s) and 9.06pm (women’s).