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TOKYO, October 13 (Reuters) – The rugby World Cup Pool B game between Namibia and Canada, later this Sunday was held in Kamaishi, was canceled due to the destruction by the typhoon Hagibis, said World Rugby.
"Due to the Tier 5 evacuation order still in operation after Typhoon Hagibis, World Rugby and the Organizing Committee of Japan in 2019 canceled today's Rugby World Cup 2019 Pool B game between Namibia and Canada in Kamaishi for safety reasons", said the organizers in a statement.
"The safety of everyone involved in the 2019 Rugby World Cup is our top priority, and fans are advised not to travel to Kamaishi or the venue that will be closed."
Organizing Committee Chairman Akira Shimazu added: "We When we considered all the options to make this game a reality, we had no choice but to cancel the game to ensure the safety of the fans, the team,
"It was a difficult and emotional decision, but I think it's the right decision."
Typhoon Hagibis, one of the strongest tropical cyclones that has ever hit central Japan , has left millions of people in enclosed spaces and roads left behind, as record rain and violent winds flooded rivers and threatened widespread damage.
The game between Namibia and Canada, which played no role for the rest of the tournament and for both sides is eliminated in the quarter-finals, is considered a draw, it is only the third World Cup game that canceled
Two of the games on Saturday, the Pool C decision between England and France and the Pool B fight between World Champion New Zealand and Italy, were scratched on Thursday when it became clear that the typhoon would land in the center of Honshu ,
The organizers are expecting the Pool C game between the USA and Tonga (in Hanazono), Wales' last Pool-D match against Uruguay (in Kumamoto) and the fight between Japan and Scotland (in Yokohama) Teams reach the quarter-finals ̵
"We remain optimistic that the remaining Sunday games will be held as planned in Kumamoto, Hanazono and Yokohama, which are much further south and therefore beyond the effects of storm conditions."
"In-depth inspection visits are currently underway in Hanazono and Yokohama and an update will be released as soon as this important process is completed."
ticket holders of the game Namibia – Canada are entitled to a full face value refund, repayment. (Reporting by Nick Mulvenney in Hamamatsu, edited by Pritha Sarkar)