The organizers of the Rugby World Cup held in Japan choose to drop “On safety grounds” the match among Namibia and Canada scheduled for Sunday in Kamaishi, following the arrival of Typhoon Hagibis.
“Typhoon Hagibis was one of the most powerful storms to hit Japan in decades and safety considerations are at the heart of the decision,” the association said in an announcement.
Kamaishi, situated in the northeastern prefecture of Iwate, is situated in a mountain area, including those straightforwardly behind the stadium, reports Efe news.
“There have been landslides and flooding in the vicinity of the stadium and along access roads to the venue following torrential rain throughout the night,” the announcement included, saying that the need is the security of staff and fans and encouraging individuals to stay away.
Ticket holders will be entitled to a full face-value refund, organizers said.
The other three games scheduled for Sunday: the United States versus Tonga, Wales versus Uruguay and Japan versus Scotland, will proceed as planned.