The British and Irish Lions tour of South Africa in July 2021 won’t be rescheduled despite it clashing with the new dates for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, it has been confirmed. Rugby fans can book British and Irish Lions Tour Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.
That comes each day before the primary of three tests on consecutive weekends between the Lions and South Africa, the reigning world champions.
“The priority immediately has got to be the security and well-being of all those suffering from the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic,” Ben Cleverley, the director of British and Irish Lions, said.
“There shouldn’t be any direct clashes with Lions matches and Olympic events given the time difference between South Africa and Tokyo, so fans shouldn’t miss out on any action.
As reported by Reuters, the clash in dates will reduce the choices for South Africa’s rugby sevens side for Tokyo 2020,
Cheslin Kolbe, a bronze medalist at the Rio 2016 Olympics, is going to be occupied with the 15-man game, while Kwagga Smith and Rohan Nel, who could have aspired to form both teams, will now have to make a choice.
World Rugby was among the various International Federations to precise support for the choice to postpone Tokyo 2020 until 2021, calling it “prudent and necessary” during a statement. Rugby fans can book British and Irish Lions Tour Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.
“Solidarity is one among the foundations of rugby’s character-building values, and there has never been a time when our sense our solidarity respect and friendship has been more important,” World Rugby chairman Sir Bill Beaumont said.
“We are intensively examining scenario planning for the scheduled July internationals, should such an idea be required, while also considering ways to optimize the international competition calendar on and off the field for all when it’s safe and appropriate to resume rugby activities.”
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