Emirates Airline Rugby Dubai 7s organizers have shared its plans for a scaled down version of the annual tournament. The news comes following the cancellation of the emirate’s leg of the HSBC World Seven Series last month due to the global Covid-19 pandemic.
The event, which is yet to receive approval from the various governing bodies, is set to be held on the 4th and 5th December. It will feature all of the GCC divisions of participation in rugby, netball and cricket.
It’s Been A Tough Year!
Tom Burwell, the director of the tournament said in a statement:
“We are disappointed that the HSBC World Sevens Series is unable to take place in Dubai in 2020 but this is also an opportunity to deliver something unique for players and local fans at the end of what has been a very tough year.”
Burwell still wants it to be an enjoyable experience:
“Pitch Two will become the main field and will have a unique feel to it. Tournament goers will still enjoy marquee experiences including the Heineken Tavern, experiential cocktail bars, fantastic family fun and of course some brilliant local sport. Our intention is to build an experience that truly encapsulates 51 years of the Dubai 7s.”
Rugby 7s Tournament Still Not “Confirmed”
Team entries for 2020 opened on Monday, 10th August for all three sports at a discounted rate due to the World Series not taking place and it will close on the 30th of September.
Dubai Sports Council will confirm whether the tournament will go ahead by the 15th October with full refunds issued to teams if it is unable to go ahead.
Speaking about this Burwell added:
“We are faced with some huge challenges in delivery but the team behind the tournament have been working tirelessly to come up with ways to deliver in 2020. This might mean some extra patience is required from visitors and a personal responsibility taken but this will be no different to the ‘new normal’ that we face in everyday life. We are excited to deliver a brilliantly unique Emirates Airline Dubai 7s in December despite these challenges,”
Tickets to attend the tournament will be released in the middle of October following the announcement from the Dubai Sports Council.