Government allows competitive sports to restart under strict commands

first_imgShare UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 UK Racing pushes for drastic levy reforms as deep recession looms August 25, 2020 Submit Share StumbleUpon The UK government will allow domestic competitive sports to recommence from 1 June, as governing bodies are ordered to obey strict ‘stage three guidance’ ensuring athlete safety and venue hygiene requirements.This weekend, DCMS published its updated ‘Elite Sports’ guidance, outlining its proposed framework for the return of domestic sports competitions.The framework of safety requirements and protection measures has been developed by DCMS in collaboration with Public Health England, NHS Chief Medical Officers and representatives of Olympic, Paralympic and elite sports governing bodies.The government will require all governing bodies to ensure that syndicated venues will feature no public attendance at events.Governing bodies must also make sure that athletes, staff and participants are informed and adhere to a ‘code of behaviour’ guaranteeing that social distancing and hygiene standards are maintained.DCMS has urged governing bodies and sports clubs to limit all non-essential activities, maintaining focus on ensuring that venues are ‘COVID-19 proofed’, which will allow the NHS to track and trace participants – athletes, club staff, management, medial staff, broadcast crew etc.The government also stated that governing bodies must guarantee that their competitive arrangements do not impede or limit emergency services, minimising strains on vital resources.In its statement, DCMS underlined that it will be up to each sports body to assess and monitor the risk of their individual sports and how it engages safely with stakeholders and communities.Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Oliver Dowden, said:” This is a significant moment for British sport. By working with clinicians every step of the way, we are creating the safest possible environments for everyone involved.“This guidance provides the safe framework for sports to resume competitions behind closed doors. It is now up to individual sports to confirm they can meet these protocols and decide when it’s right for them to restart.”Today’s lunchtime meeting at Newcastle (13:00) will see UK racing become the first sports to recommence its competitive fixtures, having been suspended since 18 March.Having reviewed DCMS guidance, the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has backed its raceday safety protocols, stating that they are closely aligned to the government’s stage three requirements.During a prolonged lockdown period, BHA Chief Medical Adviser Dr Jerry Hill has worked closely with Public Health England to enforce further protections related to horseracing’s unique participants, venues and competition rules.Restarting its schedule, the BHA will enforce a mandatory screening process of participants and athletes at venues, which will include medical checks before departure and on arrival.Providing its conditions are met, the BHA is confident that the 2000 Guineas Stakes race meeting at Newmarket Racecourse on 6 June will be the UK’s first televised sports broadcast since lockdown.Nick Rust, chief executive of the BHA, said:“This is an important stage towards a complete return for our industry and will help protect livelihoods and businesses. The timing is crucial for the breeding sector and we thank the government and officials at DCMS and Public Health England for their assistance in planning a safe return to racing.“There is still a tough battle ahead before we can get fully back in business but this is a resilient and world-leading industry and we are ready for the task.“Our plans for returning safely have been developed with the assistance of all the representative bodies in our sport and I believe the public can be reassured by the measures we will have in place. People understand how important it is for industries like ours to get back to work. Our participants know what will be asked of them when they attend a raceday. Together, we’ll stick to social distancing rules and prevent the virus spreading.” Related Articles Julie Harrington takes the reins as BHA CEO August 11, 2020last_img read more

Body pulled from the Loxahatchee River

first_imgPolice in Jupiter are currently investigating after a body was found floating in the Loxahatchee River.The body was located around 6:00 am near Central Boulevard and Riverwalk area on Friday.Not much is known about the incident at this time including the sex of the individual or their cause of death.Authorities say they are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death.last_img

National college title for Dulcie Sverdloff

first_img9 Mar 2012 National college title for Dulcie Sverdloff Essex teenager Dulcie Sverdloff has won the British Colleges Sport national championship at her first attempt. Essex teenager Dulcie Sverdloff has won the British Colleges Sport national championship at her first attempt. The 17-year-old from Garon Park claimed the women’s title in the final at the National Golf Centre at Woodhall Spa, and also won the companion open event which was held simultaneously.    Dulcie, who is studying for A levels at Seevic College in Essex, shot one-over par 74 on the Hotchkin course, followed by one-under 71 on the Bracken. She finished two clear of Samantha Meese (Enville/King Edward VI Stourbridge), while Rebecca Horner (Woodham/QE Darlington) was third. “It’s nice to shoot a couple of good scores and give myself a quick start to the season,” said  Dulcie, who is enjoying the confidence boost as she prepares for the 2012 national amateur circuit. Dulcie reckons the key to her success was leaving her driver in the bag in favour of her three-wood, avoiding all but two of the many bunkers on the Hotchkin course, and producing a tip-top short game. She was leading by two after the first round and produced a strong finish to secure the title, holing from 30ft on the 16th for a par and finishing with an up-and-down for birdie on the last. Dulcie is an Essex county player and was the 2010 winner of the Abraham Trophy, contested by England’s most improved girl golfers. She carried on improving last season with a string of good performances and plans to test herself further in 2012. Full scores: www.bcsport.org Image credit: leaderboardphotography.comlast_img read more