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Hong Kong Sevens must learn vital lesson from best in the world Vancouver

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As a Canadian, I don’t like to boast much, but sometimes it’s tough.

A World Rugby internal evaluation has my hometown of Vancouver atop the list when it comes to the Sevens Series venue rankings, beating out second-placed Singapore and fifth-placed Hong Kong.

According to an article in Singapore daily newspaper The Straits Times, heading into its fourth year, the Canadian stop came out on top, and I’m hardly surprised as someone who has both attended and covered the event back home.

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The ranking is a bit personally fortuitous, given back in 2017 I wrote an article for Business in Vancouver titled “Vancouver aspires to be a major player in World Rugby”.

For the piece I spoke to Rugby Canada chief executive officer Allen Vansen, who declared Hong Kong’s Seven Series “the grandfather” of the tour and something Canada wanted to emulate.

Well it appears the pupil has surpassed the teacher.

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Vancouver is no slouch when it comes to sporting events. The city hosted the 2010 Winter Olympics, splitting venues between Vancouver, Richmond and Whistler. The event went off without a hitch, sans a comical cauldron that failed to lift into its proper position during the opening ceremonies.

Vancouver also hosted a number of games during the 2015 Fifa Women’s World Cup, including........

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