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British speedway chiefs warn the clock is ticking if the 2020 season is to start

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British speedway chiefs have warned that the season is unlikely to go ahead if tapes can't go up by the start of the next month.

The board of directors at the British Speedway Promoters Ltd were encouraged by the significant easing of restrictions announced on Thursday.

But in a statement issued this morning, the board revealed that time is beginning to run out for the sport in the UK if it is to make a start in 2020.

The statement read: "Members of the British Speedway Promoters Ltd have, in the last two weeks, been working on how our sport can work safely for competitors, officials and spectators alike.

"They believe the biggest risk to riders is the natural danger element of racing motorbikes with no brakes.

"Clubs have already been planning how social distance measures can be taken for spectators and again we must emphasise speedway venues rarely host capacity attendances.

"Grassroots team sports inevitably include a small spectator element and we believe we are within touching distance of our sport being able to start a reduced season.

"However, we acknowledge the clock is ticking and if we cannot begin league racing in August there is every chance the season will run out of time.

"We thank all British Speedway supporters for their patience and understanding and wish to assure everyone we are doing everything within our power to start the season next month in a safe and enjoyable manner.

"We will update more as soon as further information becomes available."

Yesterday, Oliver Dowden MP, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, revealed how grassroots team sports can resume from this weekend.

Sports will need to publish specific guidance approved by government officials.

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