Greyhound racing will continue to take place behind closed doors in England, the Greyhound Board of Great Britain (GBGB) has confirmed.
There were some doubts as to whether the sport would be allowed to go ahead amid Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s tightening of COVID-19 restrictions. However, the GBGB has said that it has ‘not been informed of any intention to temporarily halt greyhound racing’.
Mark Bird, GBGB Managing Director, commented: “I have seen the comments being made on social media regarding the apparent pausing of elite sports by the government.
“There appears to be no substance to these assertions and certainly not from the government. We remain in close contact with DCMS as to any changes in government advice.”
Last week, the Irish government confirmed that greyhound racing, along with elite sports, horse racing and approved equestrian events would be staged behind closed doors, despite new restrictions introduced to combat the spread of the virus.
The sport has received significant financial backing from the government throughout the coronavirus crisis, with GBGB benefitting from £1 million in funding to protect its stakeholders and safeguard the sport’s welfare throughout the winter period when the government unveiled its winter survival package in November.