Oughing to a high number of positive COVID-19 results determined during scheduled arrival testing, the Uganda men’s national team has been withdrawn from the World Rugby Sevens Repechage competition in Monaco.
“Robust tournament COVID-19 protocols implemented by World Rugby and the Monégasque Rugby Union, which included pre-departure and on arrival PCR testing, revealed the positive results in the Uganda delegation,” a statement from the world governing body said on Thursday.
In the statement, World Rugby further noted, “Uganda players have been in strict isolation since arrival, and the delegation will continue to follow the isolation quarantine process as determined by the Monaco authorities’ public health guidelines. Owing to the nature of these tournament protocols, there has been no close contact with members from other teams,”.
With Uganda out, the tournament rules dictate that all pool stage matches involving Uganda will be recorded as a bye for their opponents in Pool B – Chile, France, Hong Kong and Jamaica.
Friday 18th June 2021
Uganda was meant to take on Jamaica tomorrow June 18th. This would be followed by two games on Saturday against Hongkong and France.
The Cranes would end their pool fixures against Chile on Sunday, the 20th June, 2021.
The rest of the participants had their results turn negative after undergoing pre-scheduled antigen testing on the morning of Thursday 17 June, authorities have said.
“Player welfare is World Rugby’s top priority and the international federation is providing full medical and operational support to ensure the health and wellbeing of the Ugandan delegation during their period of isolation, and will continue to implement the strict COVID-19 countermeasures throughout the tournament,” World Rugby added.
The event is operating inside a sanitary bubble following World Rugby’s COVID-19 guidelines for all participants, which includes the compulsory wearing of masks at all times other than when players are on the pitch, physical distancing and regular hand washing, alongside the rigorous testing regime.