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English sports get $ 400 million bailout

The British government announced a 300 million pounds ($397.11 million) ‘winter survival package’ on Thursday to

English sports

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  21 Nov 2020 7:23 AM GMT

LONDON: The British government announced a 300 million pounds ($397.11 million) 'winter survival package' on Thursday to help sport through the COVID-19 pandemic, with rugby set for the biggest share but nothing for top level soccer and cricket.

The money covers sport in England, with other parts of the United Kingdom having separate budgets.

Sports Minister Nigel Huddleston told parliament it was clear some clubs would go to the wall unless action was taken to protect them.

"We know the decision taken in late September not to reopen stadia from Oct. 1 has had major consequences for sports clubs large and small," he said.

"Clearly for many organisations not being able to generate gate receipts deprives them of a major source of income."

Support will be provided to rugby of both codes, horse racing, the National League and women's soccer, motorsport, tennis, netball, basketball, ice hockey, badminton and greyhound racing.

More than 100 sports bodies wrote to Prime Minister Boris Johnson in September to ask for emergency funding, warning of "a lost generation of activity" because of the pandemic.

Preliminary allocations by sport, based on needs assessment, saw rugby union top the list with up to 135 million pounds of which the Premiership clubs accounted for 59 million and the national Rugby Football Union 44 million.

Horse racing was next, with 40 million pounds to support racecourses closed to spectators, while the National League and women's soccer was set to get 28 million.

Motorsport, which employs more than 40,000 people in Britain, was allocated six million pounds to help operators of circuits like Silverstone. IANS

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