KUALA LUMPUR: The International Rugby Board announced that they had cancelled the Chile and Malaysian stops on the World Sevens series, apparently without telling the Malaysian organisers.
The IRB said in a statement yesterday that the late withdrawal of a major sponsor had led to the cancellation of next month's tournament in Chile.
The Malaysian leg was cancelled after a financial dispute between the Malaysian Rugby Union and a local event management company, the IRB said.
Malaysian Rugby Union president Abdul Jalil Borhanuddin said there was a “misunderstanding over unsettled debts'' between the union and the event management company. He said, however, that he hadn't been informed of the IRB's decision to cancel the event.
The Malaysian leg had been scheduled for May 3-4.
New Zealand, the defending world champions, have won two of the first four tournaments in what had been scheduled as an 11-event tour. Fiji and England won one apiece.
The four tournaments so far have been held at Dubai, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.
The next scheduled tournament is the prestigious Hong Kong Sevens from March 28-29. – AP
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