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Racing Could Resume Within A Week of Green Light

By Allison Shor - Contributor
1 year ago

According to Nick Rust, the Chief Executive of the British Horseracing Authority (BHA), British horseracing could return within a week of the green light being given by the government upon easing restrictions imposed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Horseracing has been on hold since 17 March 2020, with major events such as the Epsom Derby postponed until further notice. Even though there has been no date confirmed for the return to racing, the BHA is developing plans to continue with competitions behind closed doors as a part of the reinstatement.

“We can be one of the first to go,” Rust told BBC Sport, in reference to the sport commencing again. “We don’t want to make the case ahead of public opinion. The conditions are different in different places. People cite Hong Kong which is government-owned, and all the horses are stabled right next to the racecourses. They’re able to make the case of continuing the economic activity. We have to try harder to make the case,” he explained and added how they will continue to co-operate with the government, hoping that the sport will make a comeback later this month (May 2020).