Sevens: Hong Kong tournament set to be postponed due to coronavirus

The prestigious Hong Kong Sevens may be postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak, according to reports. 

The South China Morning Post claims the annual tournament, scheduled for April 3-6, has been postponed, due to on-going health fears in the city.

The report adds that it would be rescheduled for October. 

The Hong Kong Sevens has run every year since 1976 and was due to host its 45th event.

An official announcement from World Rugby, who co-hosts the tournament with the Hong Kong Rugby Union (HKRU), is expected in the next 24 hours. 

Last month, organisers of the tournament told the South China Morning Post that there were "no plans to canel"  the event, but things have changed. 

The virus has killed more than 1100 people and infected more than 44,000 in China, after it first emerged in the central city of Wuhan late last year.

April's event was set to be another sell-out, with 40,000 fans packing the stadium in So Kon Po each day and more than half of them coming from outside the city.

Sevens would  join a long list of sports that have been either cancelled or postponed events because of coronavirus, including the Chinese Formula One Grand Prix and the 2020 world athletics indoor championships.

Fiji are the five-time defending Hong Kong Sevens champions, with New Zealand's most recent triumph coming in 2014.