Japan Racing Affiliation bans racegoers as coronavirus fears develop | Horse Racing Information

"This is a great inconvenience to all our racing fans who look forward to the JRA races on weekends"

“It is a nice inconvenience to all our racing fanatics who look ahead to the JRA races on weekends”


The Japan Racing Affiliation has banned racegoers from attending conferences from Saturday in a bid to stop the unfold of coronavirus, which Cheltenham officers on Wednesday optimistically predicted would no longer have an effect on this 12 months’s competition.

The Hong Kong Jockey Membership has taken measures to restrict attendance at its fixtures in fresh weeks, one thing Japan’s regulator introduced it will additionally do on Thursday. 

Playing cards are scheduled for Nakayama, Chukyo and Hanshin on Saturday, whilst the similar venues also are because of race on Sunday.

Alternatively, a observation from the JRA learn: “In measures to stop the unfold of the coronavirus, the Japan Racing Affiliation has introduced that the general public may not be accepted to go into JRA racecourses from Saturday, Feb 29 till additional realize. JRA races will likely be held with none spectators.

“As well as, there will likely be no sale of having a bet tickets and payout for successful tickets on racedays or payout on weekdays in any respect JRA racecourses and off-track having a bet amenities, together with WINS, Park WINS and J-PLACE till additional realize. Throughout this time, the sale of having a bet tickets and payout for successful tickets will likely be held handiest by the use of phone or on-line having a bet.”

Masayuki Goto, the JRA’S president and CEO, pleaded for persistence, including: “It is a nice inconvenience to all our racing fanatics who look ahead to the JRA races on weekends. I humbly ask to your type figuring out and cooperation.”

The specter of coronavirus, which unfold from China and has received a foothold in Europe with outbreaks in Italy, was once mentioned by way of BHA and Cheltenham officers at a gathering on Monday.

A racing trade steerage staff, comprising representatives from the BHA, Racecourse Affiliation and horsemen, has been established to imagine the results at the game, however Cheltenham supremo Ian Renton advised the Racing Submit on Wednesday: “There were handiest 13 circumstances in Britain and there’s a want to be ready, however we are having a look ahead to the competition, which goes forward.”

Greater than 2,000 individuals are mentioned to have died from the illness, which surfaced in a Wuhan marketplace past due final 12 months.

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