Asia Rugby, working with its Competitions Committee, Player Welfare and Medical Committee, relevant stakeholders and in line with the Return to Play Guidelines provided by World Rugby, has announced the decision to cancel all competitions scheduled from 1st October 2020 to 31st December 2020.
After a comprehensive consultation process, and constructive dialogue with the prospective host Unions, it has been decided that the Competitions slated to take place in Quarter 4 of 2020, will not take place due to the ongoing and dynamic global nature of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The decisions were taken by Asia Rugby EXCO in a meeting held on the 29th July 2020 based on the unanimous recommendations received from Asia Rugby’s Medical Committee and Asia Rugby’s Competitions Committee who carefully and jointly reviewed all aspects of the matter before reaching their recommendations for EXCO to consider.
Competitions Committee Chairperson Mr. Asanga Seneviratne commented: “Asia Rugby Rugby will continue to focus on delivering the Competition format and activities for 2021, while working in full collaboration with all stakeholders to closely monitor the ongoing and challenging COVID-19 environment.”
Asia Rugby President Mr Qais Al Dhalai commented: “This prudent decision has been taken to help protect Asia Rugby community and all involved in the game.”
He further added, “Our decision is based on the feedback from the Competitions Committee and Asia Rugby Medical Committee COVID-19 working group, which have followed the guidelines set by World Rugby on the safe return to rugby, the relevant public authorities and the prevailing local and global travel and health guidelines.”
World Rugby published guidelines for the safe return