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Organisers call off 7s tourney

Arin Kumar
Friday, January 31, 2014

BAD weather has resulted in the cancellation of the New Vision 7s tournament.

The tournament was to be played tomorrow at the Burebasaga District School grounds but will now be played on a later date.

Organiser Wame Ratadai said they were eager to have a tournament this week because they had cancelled one last week because of the unavailability of the grounds.

"The rain for the past two days has made the ground very soft and it seems like it will continue to rain," he said.

"So we have decided to cancel the tournament and have a new one on a later date."

He said they had received a good response towards the tournament and many top teams had paid their registration fees.

"The sevens teams in the Suva and Nausori areas know that we organise good tournament will good competition and so they had already confirmed their participation.

"We were only looking for 24 teams but more than 30 had shown their interest so we have informed those teams that had confirmed about the cancellation.

"Also we have referred them to the organisers of the Hakwa 7s tournament in Nadroga that maybe if they also continuing with their tournament, they can accommodate these teams."

Ratadai said they didn't want to risk injury and didn't want to ruin the ground at the school.

"People know that the ground at the Burebasaga School is really good and with the consistent rain, the ground is really soft now.

"So that means if we play on that, it will become muddy and it will firstly ruin the ground and playing on a ruined ground means there is a higher risk of injury.

"Its not only injury to limbs but if the mud and muddy water goes into the eyes and ears of the player, it can also have a bad effect so we will only play on a clear day on a good, solid surface."


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