Rugby: Safari Sevens postponed owing to political uncertainty

The Safari Sevens tournament has been postponed indefinitely owing to political uncertainty. 

This comes barely two weeks after Kenya lost the African Nations Cup hosting rights as well as the shifting of yesterday’s World Cricket League Championship match between Kenya and Netherlands to South Africa due to security concerns.

Safari Sevens, the climax of the National Sevens Circuit, had initially been scheduled for November 3-5, a week after a repeat of the presidential elections on October 26.

Kenya Rugby Union has decided to postpone one of Africa’s premier rugby sevens tournament owing to political uncertainty. “The Kenya Rugby Union has regrettably arrived at the decision to postpone this year’s Safari Sevens which was set for November 3, 2017 at the RFUEA ground,” read a statement from KRU.

It remains to be seen when the tournament will be held as there are only two rounds remaining (Christie Sevens 14-15 October, Dala Sevens 21-22 October) on the circuit before the World Rugby Sevens Series 2017/18 season kicks off on December 1 with the Dubai Sevens. [Rodgers Eshitemi]

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