SAMOA OBSERVER: The Manu Samoa Sevens team will not compete in the Kenya Sevens tournament this year over fears of the deadly ebola virus.
Speaking to the media Thursday, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, who is also the Chairman of the Samoa Rugby Union, said the players’ safety is the Union’s priority.
Given reports about the virus escalating in that part of the world, the Union has decided not to send the team.
“The team was stopped (from participating in the Kenya Sevens) last week,” said the Tuilaepa.
“There is always another day.
“Someone might go and get infected and might pass it on and killing us…I told them that there is always another day.”
So far, ebola has killed 2,461 people in West Africa.
– Samoa Observer