Government approves return of English sport

| By Robert Fletcher
The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has given the green light for professional sports in England to resume from 1 June.

All domestic sports leagues and competitions have been cancelled or postponed since the UK went into lockdown on 23 March, though many events were put on hold before the government implemented its measures to combat the spread of novel coronavirus (Covid-19).

In recent weeks, a number of major UK sporting organisations set out plans to resume activities when permitted by the government. Football’s Premier League last week said it intended to restart on 17 June, while the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) published a revised fixture list starting from 1 June.

Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Oliver Dowden yesterday confirmed that professional sports can now resume, albeit under significant restrictions, with all events to take place behind closed doors.

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