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BRITISH SPEEDWAY BOSSES HOPEFUL OF STAGING 2020 ACTION

British Speedway chairman Rob Godfrey insists he is hopeful some league action will take place in the UK this summer.

21 / 05 / 2020, 15:51

British Speedway chairman Rob Godfrey insists he is hopeful some league action will take place in the UK this summer.

The speedway season has been suspended across Europe due to coronavirus concerns, although plans are being made to stage PGE Ekstraliga action in Poland behind closed doors from June 12.

British bosses have made no secret of the fact this would not be financially viable for clubs in the UK.

There is little doubt in my own mind that some league racing will be possible this year. We can implement social distancing measures in stadia, both inside and outside the venue.

Rob Godfrey

But if efforts to reduce the number of cases succeed, Godfrey is hopeful some British league speedway action can take place and believes there is ample space at venues for effective social-distancing measures.

The Scunthorpe promoter said: “Things are changing on a rapid basis and we are all encouraged to see it appears people are continuing to do the right thing to give us a chance of racing this year.

“The Premiership clubs had a catch up on Tuesday via video conference call, the Championship clubs are in regular dialogue and Jason Pipe, back as National Development League co-ordinator, is in touch with his clubs.

“There is little doubt in my own mind that some league racing will be possible this year. We can implement social distancing measures in stadia, both inside and outside the venue.

“We realise various club have different circumstances regarding their business, but I really do believe there will be some speedway this year.”

Damien Bates, vice chairman of the British Speedway Promoters Ltd and promoter of Sheffield, also remains optimistic of seeing SGB Premiership action take place in Tigers’ first season back in the top flight.

He admits riders would have to be able to commute between Poland and the UK without having to quarantine for 14 days and says another assessment of British Speedway’s restart plans will take place in early July.

He said: "We had a very productive catch-up online with all Premiership clubs and it was good for us all to get together to discuss the situation.

"We are a long way from abandoning the season. We still believe there are possibilities, strong possibilities, that our sport can take place this season with the appropriate safety measures in place for everyone in a stadium.

"Naturally we are keeping a close eye on the travel situation because there are several riders who are in Poland right now and we need to see movement allowed without quarantine. It's a fluid situation.

"We are continuing to look at a full quota of fixtures, or perhaps half a season with 12 meetings per club in the Premiership plus play-offs. We are keeping our options open right now, all three leagues are, but in any situation we remain in the hands of the government.

"We believe we need to make another assessment when the government updates us on the next phase of recovery from this crisis which will be early in July. In the meantime we urge all supporters of every club throughout the country to stay patient and be assured we are doing everything we can to bring some racing to them this year."

 

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