BHA and government sources move to quash shutdown rumours
Government officials have moved to quash rumours that an imminent stoppage of elite sport in Britain is planned, the Racing Post understands.
Officials from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) are believed to have told racing that no formal meetings concerning a shutdown of sport have taken place.
Since Sunday afternoon, rumours have circulated widely on social media suggesting that the government was poised to order a halt to sport. These have not been substantiated by the Racing Post in conversations with several senior industry sources.
Also on Monday morning, the official BHA Twitter account tweeted “British racing continues behind closed doors this week”, with a list of the meetings due to take place on the first two days of the week.
According to reports in several national newspapers, however, the government is concerned about adherence to Covid-19 restrictions in football, with several scenes from matches over the weekend – including videos of dressing-room celebrations – causing consternation.
Courtesy of Racing Post