Tournament updates amidst outbreak of COVID-19: National and Challenge

Hong Kong Scrabble Players Association announces the following updates regarding the Hong Kong National Scrabble Championship and Hong Kong Scrabble Challenge this year, amidst the outbreak of COVID-19 (previously referred to as the coronavirus from Wuhan, China).

  • We plan to hold the Hong Kong National Scrabble Championship in summer this year. However, the exact date and venue cannot be confirmed until a later date.
  • The Hong Kong Scrabble Challenge, usually held in summer, will not be held this year.

As per our announcement on 8 February 2020, all players are encouraged to inform the organiser whether they have travelled to China within 30 days prior to the date of the tournament. Today, the same measure will extend to players who have travelled to everywhere in the world within 30 days prior to the date of the tournament as well. If the organiser requires a player to so inform him, the player must do so. The Tournament Director may refuse the participation of a player who has so travelled in the relevant time period or who refuses to disclose his or her travel history. The Association has the power to impose a ban on any player who lies about his or her travel history to participate in all HKSPA-rated or recognised tournaments for a period up to 5 years.

We advise all players to take precautions to prevent the spread of the virus by keeping personal hygiene at all times. Stay safe and healthy!

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