BHA will work closely with the government to track cases of Coronavirus, but has not made plans to cancel or restrict programs with Cheltenham Festival and Grand National around the corner
- The British Horseracing Authority will maintain contact with the government about the virus
- No plans have been drawn up if the luminaires have to be limited or canceled
- The Cheltenham festival starts next month with the Grand National in April
The British Horseracing Authority is working with the Racecourse Association and Horsemen to consider the response as Coronavirus cases increase in Britain, but the sport has not yet established contingency plans if competitions are to be restricted or canceled.
It is understood that the subject was also discussed during the annual meeting on Monday between the BHA and Cheltenham prior to next month’s festival.
In a statement from the Jockey Club, owners of Cheltenham, a spokesperson said: “It is moving forward at full speed for the festival in fourteen days.
The Coronavirus topic is deemed to have been discussed at an annual meeting
“Racing continues to work closely with the government to address the situation and we look forward to four fantastic racing days in Cheltenham.”
The BHA, RCA and Horsemen have formed a steering committee to address the issue, but have decided that emergency plans are not yet required with regard to possible rescheduling or stopping of races or other specific race day measures.
The sport will keep in touch with the government and be guided by them on Coronavirus.
The sport will keep in touch with the government and be led by them on the virus
The biggest leaps and most lucrative meetings of the year are just around the corner, the Cheltenham Festival starts on March 10 and the Grand National is held on April 4.
Although some international sporting events have been postponed, mainly in Asia, the virus is increasingly common in Europe – Italy is taking extra precautions and six Series A football matches are taking place behind closed doors.
Currently, the 2020 Olympic Games – to be held in Tokyo in July and August – continue as planned.
The Cheltenham festival starts on 10 March and the Grand National takes place on 4 April