Ladies’s Rugby World Cup 2021 set be postponed till subsequent yr resulting from coronavirus pandemic

Ladies’s Rugby World Cup 2021 set be postponed till subsequent yr resulting from coronavirus pandemic

The governing physique mentioned a advice to delay the occasion, initially scheduled for 18 September – 16 October, could be ratified subsequent week by event organisers and the World Rugby govt committee.

Women's Rugby World Cup 2021 set be postponed until next year due to coronavirus pandemic

The Ladies’s Rugby World Cup is seen on show in the course of the 2021 Ladies’s Rugby World Cup draw occasion in Auckland on 20 November, 2020. (Photograph by Michael BRADLEY / AFP)

Wellington: The 2021 girls’s Rugby World Cup in New Zealand is about to be postponed till subsequent yr due to the coronavirus pandemic, World Rugby introduced Tuesday.

The governing physique mentioned a advice to delay the occasion, initially scheduled for 18 September – 16 October, could be ratified subsequent week by event organisers and the World Rugby govt committee.

Whereas acknowledging delaying the occasion till 2022 was “vastly disappointing”, World Rugby interim chief govt Alan Gilpin mentioned it was the correct factor to do.

“Definitely this resolution has gamers at coronary heart,” he mentioned.

“In current weeks, via discussions with our key companions in New Zealand Rugby and the New Zealand authorities, it is turn out to be clear that we don’t have the extent of certainty we have to collectively ship the most effective surroundings for all groups.”

Gilpin cited current COVID-19 instances in Auckland which have compelled New Zealand’s largest metropolis into lockdown this week, regardless of the South Pacific nation’s earlier success in containing the virus.

He additionally mentioned there have been issues “difficult” world journey restrictions meant groups wouldn’t have ample preparation time for such an essential event.

The New Zealand authorities, which has already seen plans to host the ladies’s Cricket World Cup this yr postponed till 2022, mentioned delaying the rugby showcase wouldn’t change its main occasion funding.

“All of us wished the event to go forward as deliberate this yr, however we additionally settle for that the present COVID-19 constrained circumstances aren’t superb for prime efficiency athletes in a event state of affairs,” Sport Minister Grant Robertson mentioned.

“In the event that they do postpone we’re totally dedicated to internet hosting the occasion subsequent yr.”

Most worldwide girls’s groups are nonetheless newbie, making the delay notably troublesome for individuals who have balanced their lives round coaching with the goal of peaking on the event later this yr.

Eire’s director of girls’s rugby Anthony Eddy mentioned his gamers would stay targeted regardless of their disappointment.

“We need to play rugby (however) the Rugby World Cup deserves each alternative to showcase the most effective that our sport has to supply and that is not potential within the COVID-19 surroundings,” he mentioned.

USA Rugby mentioned it understood that participant security wanted to be the highest precedence.

“The Ladies’s Eagles will proceed to arrange on the highest degree as all of us look to have fun one of many world’s biggest sporting occasions subsequent yr,” it mentioned in a press release.

Rugby Australia mentioned that within the event’s absence, it might have a look at offering another worldwide Take a look at schedule for the Wallaroos this yr.

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