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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Sports to Stay Separate

HONG KONG () -- Hong Kong, next year's host of the rugby union sevens World Cup, will keep its separate sporting identity after the British colony reverts to China in mid-1997, the head of the local rugby union said Tuesday.

"Hong Kong will retain a separate sporting identity for the next 50 years and this means Hong Kong will participate in the Olympic and Asian Games" Stuart Leckie, chairman of the Hong Kong Rugby Football Union said.

Hong Kong's annual seven-a-side rugby invitation tournament will be suspended next year to permit the territory to host the World Cup just two or three months before the return of Hong Kong to communist China.

"As far as rugby is concerned China will form its own national union, either in 1996 or 1997," Leckie added.