World news – GB – Badminton Horse Trials will take place behind closed doors in 2021


Badminton events will be held behind closed doors next year – although some spectators may attend if restrictions allow

Organizers announced on Tuesday (October 27) that the decision had been taken « after much deliberation », but that a « big competition » would be staged

« Everything will be constantly reviewed and we will keep our loyal supporters and the competition community up to date with the latest news and developments over the next few months, » said a spokesperson for the event.

The organizers have declared that their first priority will be the health and safety of all those involved in the organization of the event

Event director Jane Tuckwell said: “We realize that this is not the scenario that everyone would want, but feel that by announcing our intentions now it will give all people involved, in whatever capacity, the ability to plan accordingly

« Organizing the event » behind closed doors « will not be without challenges, but we are looking forward to offering you a great competition »

The 2020 event should have been Ms Tuckwell’s first as director, after Hugh Thomas retired, but it was canceled in March due to the coronavirus The event had already been canceled five times due bad weather in 1966, 1975, 1987 and 2012, and foot-and-mouth disease in 2001 The weather also forced badminton to present itself as a one-day competition in 1963

“It takes the fun out of people’s lives and it’s so devastating to everyone involved in the business,” she says “But apart from the horrible effect on people’s livelihoods , in all of what’s going on, it seems insignificant this time around. A lot of the worst things are happening in the world ”(Interview, May 7)

Two-time badminton winner William Fox-Pitt said it was « fantastic » that Badminton plans to run next spring given the current circumstances

The Gloucestershire five-star became the latest victim of the top horse racing world, with the five-star cup canceled and science supplements

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« Losing this prestigious event again would be a terrible disappointment and the eventing world will be supporting Jane and her team to make it happen, » he said « It sure will be a very different badminton »

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The 2021 event will take place May 5-9, and the Science Supplements Cup will take place on day one British Eventing announced in July that it would be the rescheduled 2020 final

The spokesperson added: « With the event taking place behind closed doors, we want to make sure that everyone can still enjoy all the action live via TV or live streaming More news will be published on this in due course « 

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