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Hong Kong Sevens rugby showcase cleared for kickoff

Long-delayed tournament set for Nov. 4-6 but with strict COVID rules

The Hong Kong Sevens is famous for crowds of partying spectators in colorful costumes.   © Reuters

HONG KONG -- The Hong Kong Sevens rugby tournament has been cleared to kick off after years of delays, but there are questions about how the famously boozy showcase will go ahead under the city's strict virus measures.

The financial hub's government has given a green light to the Nov. 4-6 tournament, with teams set to stay in a "closed-loop" hotel bubble to prevent an outbreak of the respiratory illness -- similar to Beijing's system at the Winter Olympics.

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