Horse Racing Battles Finally Begins Months After Lockdown
By Toby Tunwase
For the first time in more than 300 years, horse racing games will hold but without any spectators. British horse racing is set to make a return after several months of lockdown.
Newcastle will be the first British racecourse to hold new fixtures of horse racing games. However, there are strict safety measures put in place by the authorities of the race in order to comply with the government’s guidance.
In order for sporting events to make a full return, these safety protocols must be followed thoroughly. In a bid to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, many events and activities were cancelled.
The Cheltenham Festival received a lot of backlash from the public for taking place before the lockdown was introduced. Many believe a lot of attendants contracted the disease during the festival.
The chief executive at the Arena Racing Company, Martin Cruddace, while speaking on Good Morning Britian on the 1st of June, said that,
“It’s a burden to be first but also a privilege to be first but I am confident.
“Everyone who attends today must have completed an online course, which I did and I learnt quite a lot actually about PPE, who needs to wear PPE, who doesn’t.
“As well as that they have to fill out an online medical questionnaire.
“When they arrive, they have to be given a briefing as well and of course, there’s signage throughout everywhere.
He further stated that,
“I think we’re slightly fortunate because we’re not a contact sport and I think that gives us confidence to go first.
“But of course, you know, we are paying particular attention to every detail we could possibly think of and I’m confident we’ll get there.”