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Hong Kong Sevens rugby showcase eyes kickoff after COVID delays

Fate of city's biggest sports event hinges on money-spinning food and drink sales

The Hong Kong Sevens attracts thousands of boisterous fans eager to watch the world's top rugby players compete. (File photos by Getty Images) 

HONG KONG -- The Hong Kong Sevens rugby tournament is likely to kick off in November under a "closed-loop" system similar to Beijing's Winter Olympics, an official from the game said Wednesday, after years of virus-linked delays.

Robbie McRobbie, chief executive of the Hong Kong Rugby Union, told local radio station RTHK that his organization is awaiting government approval to restart the city's biggest sports showcase with a final decision expected by next month.

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