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Hong Kong’s ethnic makeup could be impacted within five years, experts say.
It seems that besides the economic and cultural benefit of the world-famous rugby tournament, the territory could be reaping another reward: a marked increase in population.
Hong Kong’s characteristic low birth rate could receive a boost from the notoriously debauched behaviour – previously only thought to be part-urban myth, part-bravado – caused by the influx of rugby sevens fans one weekend each year. Dr. Ap Lay Fu from the Shenzhen-based Institute of Seminal Studies has calculated that the increased ‘activity’ during the tournament could eventually account for up to seven percent of all births in the territory.
Dr. Ap continued that, based on his ‘law of seven’ projection, this could eventually see a shift in the ethnic makeup of Hong Kong as most of the visitors to the tournament were from overseas.
“It could lead to a rethink of how we approach social issues in Hong Kong,” commented one expert, who refused to be named. “Rather than encouraging a better work-life balance, reducing property prices and supporting family planning, we could simply hold more tournaments.”
Critics have pounced on the research, one commentator pointing out that “the sheer amount of alcohol circulating in the south stand should have made procreation biologically impossible,” whereas player Yuravin Arlaff described the atmosphere as “strictly homoerotic”.
TheGuestRoom blogger and semi-professional rugby sevens spectator NewChinaHand, when asked if the research sounded realistic, commented, “It sounds like something you’d hear at April Fool’s. What was the guy’s name again?”