This year’s Safari 7s has been called off, a statement from the Kenya Rugby Union has said.
The tournament was set for November 3 at the RFUEA grounds but after the Union considered alternative dates and, “after consultations with both internal and external stakeholders as a result of mounting challenges and uncertainty in the prevailing political climate, the Local Organizing Committee has advised the KRU Board it would be prudent to postpone the event.”
Teams participating in the event included the Fiji Barracudas, Germany, Zimbabwe, Western Province, Uganda and Kenya 7s.
This is the first time Safari 7s is not happening since 1996. The cancellation of the event means Kenya 7s will go back to the drawing board as they had hoped to use the Safari 7s as one of the warm-up tournaments ahead of the HSBC World Sevens Series.
KRU vice-chairman Thomas Opiyo said the current political situation contributed to the cancellation of the event.
Kenya will go to an election on October 26, one week before the date that was scheduled, with recent activities in Kenya after an election being a factor in arriving at the decision.
Impala Floodies and Kenya Cup may also be brought forward considering November is now a free month.