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British horseracing is close to returning

British horseracing is close to returning
"... our equine and human athletes are ready to go within a week to help bring live sport back".
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Recently, Nick Rust, chief executive of the British Horseracing Authority (BHA), commented that races may return earlier than expected after the government gave the green light for the return.

There is still no set date for the resumption of the sport, but the British Horseracing Authority is already working on plans to return with the races behind closed doors, following the orders of social distancing from the Ministry of Health.

"We can be one of the first to go" said Rust regarding the sport. "We don't want to make the case ahead of public opinion. We're saying we're ready when you're ready, when the public health advice is ready."

''The conditions are different in different places.  People cite Hong Kong, that's 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."

"But we don't have Premier League footballers training for six weeks in  our sport - our equine and human athletes are ready to go within a week  to help bring live sport back.''


The races will return according to the March schedule, but Rust still emphasizes that he will only return if it is totally "safe to do so".

"Our industry employs 20,000  people in rural economies, most of them  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".

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

Goodness knows how difficult it is to manage the curve whilst trying to balance the public and economic situation. I'm sure the Government's advisors will look back and there are some  areas they would have done differently but all we could do genuinely was  to keep in touch with Government all the way.''

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