Uganda Rugby sevens have been withdrawn from the upcoming World Rugby Sevens Repechage competition.
Coach Tolbert Onyango’s team’s withdrawal is attributed to positive tests of the coronavirus from within their ranks.
This news comes after the union had sent replacements for the four Cranes players that tested positive for the coronavirus earlier this week.
The Monaco hosted tournament was scheduled for 18-20th June.
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.World Rugby Statement .
The positive tests on arrival saw the Ugandan contingent placed in isolation which routine they will follow till they are deemed safe for public engagements.
In the meantime, the rest of the participants will go on with the tournament under strict guidelines, including regular handwashing and frequent Covid19 tests. In addition, compulsory wearing of masks at all times, except times on the field on the top of physical, social distancing, is also set to be enforced.
Fresh from negative COVID19 tests on Thursday morning, Uganda’s pool B opponents Chile, France, Jamaica, and Hong Kong will have one less fixture as Monaco opens its gates for them this weekend.
In a statement issued by World Rugby, the body committed itself to providing full medical and operational support throughout the Ugandan