King's Lynn Stars' 2020 league speedway programme cancelled
King's Lynn Stars' 2020 speedway league programme has been formally cancelled today, though it is hoped that some racing may still take place.
The announcement was made a short time ago in a statement from British Speedway Promoters Ltd, which was published on the club's website.
The move follows the government's announcement last week that it was working towards allowing crowds back into sporting arenas in October, following trials over the coming weeks.
The statement said that would not allow enough time for a full season to take place.
British Speedway Promoters chairman Rob Godfrey said: “Promoters up and down the country have worked 24/7 to try and give themselves every opportunity to stage league racing this season and I take my hat off to all those who have shown a positive attitude throughout.
“We have never given up and it is only the announcement from the Prime Minister on Friday that has left us with no choice."
Mr Godfrey thanked riders, sponsors fans and the sport's broadcast partner, Eurosport, for their patience and understanding of the decision.
He added: "We must now embrace the future and look forward with a positive attitude as we look to grow British Speedway."
The statement added that work will continue at the sport's grassroots level and clubs have been invited to gain the necessary permission from their local council to stage some form of racing before the end of October.
Details of any fixtures which are arranged will be announced in due course.
Jamie Steward, Senior Director of Production and Broadcast, Eurosport UK said: “Whilst very disappointing, we are fully supportive of what has been a difficult decision to make in these unprecedented times.
“We remain committed to speedway and we are already working in collaboration with the BSP Ltd to deliver the best possible viewing experience to passionate fans across all Eurosport platforms in 2021 and beyond.”