Point-to-point season brought to an end after falling victim to coronavirus
Britain’s point-to-point season has been ended by officials to fall in line with new government social distancing measures and to avoid placing any “medical burden” on the stretched healthcare sector.
Fixtures had been scheduled to run through until June 13, but will no longer take place as a result of the coronavirus outbreak which is decimating sporting contests across the globe.
Peter Wright, chief executive of the Point-to-Point Authority (PPA), said in a statement on Tuesday: “This is a formal announcement to confirm that the British point-to-point season is closed for this season. This was a very difficult decision to make recognising that many people’s livelihoods are involved.
“However, the Prime Minister’s words last night made clear that everyone should minimise social contact and non-essential travel. Furthermore, our sport creates some medical burden, both on the course and potentially at the hospitals, where it would be unwelcome under the current circumstances.
Wright added: “The PPA would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has worked so hard to keep this season going so successfully until now, often under very trying circumstances.”
He added: “We will now be working on preparations to ensure that we start next autumn in the same successful manner as last, and will soon be in touch with many of you for your thoughts and ideas.”
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