Coronavirus keeps UAE racing behind closed doors

POSTED ON  |  12-03-2020

Meydan Racecourse
The growing coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak continues to have a significant impact around the racing world as Emirates Racing Authority (ERA) confirmed more meetings would be staged behind closed doors this week. The ERA issued in an official statement on Tuesday stating that meetings over the next eight days in the United Arab Emirates at four different tracks will be held without spectators.

The first of those meetings is set to held at Meydan Racecourse on March 12 followed by meetings at Al Ain Racecourse (March 13), Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club (March 14) and Jebel Ali Racecourse (March 20). “Though without spectators, all races will be contested and regulated in a standard fashion and results will be recorded in an official capacity,” the ERA statement read. “Only horse connections, racing officials, sponsors and accredited media personnel will be permitted entry.”

It comes after Meydan’s Super Saturday meeting last weekend went ahead behind closed doors due to the global outbreak. Only connections, sponsors and media were able to attend the highly important meeting.

Racing in Japan and Hong Kong has also been closed to spectators while Korea has suspended all current meetings. Hong Kong have recently eased their restrictions and spectators will be required to wear face masks and all attendees have been subject to temperature screening. 

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