Racing Could Return Within a Week of Government Go Ahead

Ruben Hill
May 6, 2020

British Horseracing Authority's (BHA) chief executive Nick Rust has revealed that horseracing could resume "within a week" if given the green-light by the government.

Its a different equation to the Premier League, where footballers would need time to regain fitness, Rust explained.

The sport has been suspended since 17th March, but has been preparing to return to action when it is safe to do so, while racing in other countries such as Hong Kong has resumed.

The sport was hit by major controversy when Cheltenham Festival went ahead in the last major race before the deadly disease swept its way across the UK.

Late May has been floated as a possibility for the resumption.

'We can be one of the first to go, ' he said, as reported by the BBC.

Yet racing will only go ahead if the public advice permits meetings to begin again. We have to try harder to make the case.

Rust rejected criticism from some trainers that he and the BHA have not been proactive enough in pushing for an earlier return.

As the sport plots its return to the racetrack, which would be behind closed doors, a list of races have been drawn up with the hope of staging them in May.

The conditions are different in different places.

Its easier for Hong Kong to make the case for continuing economic activity in the sport. He added: "Our industry employs 20,000 people in rural economies, majority just earning a basic living - of course we want some revenue to start flowing to make sure they're looked after and they're not a burden on the national purse".

"Our industry employs 20,000 people in rural economies, majority just earning a basic living - of course we want some revenue to start flowing to make sure they're looked after and they're not a burden on the national purse", he said.

Royal Ascot is still slated to take place behind closed doors in its existing slot, starting on June 16.

And the Liverpool versus Atletico Madrid Champions League tie at Anfield was also played.

"We have to keep working away with the government and try to ensure we can bring racing back when it's safe to do so".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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