The British Boxing Board of Control has outlined the reasons why no events will be able to take place if the United Kingdom lockdown restrictions are slightly lifted in early May.
Despite the peak of cases seemingly being reached, any easing of the stipulations to public life does not mean boxing is free to resume, reports World Boxing News.
“At present, there is no date for social isolation to end,” said the British Boxing Board of Control. “Public health and safety is everyone’s top priority. The British Boxing Board of Control is taking Government advice so that we can best advise all our licence holders as to when professional boxing in the UK can resume.”
“We recognise that licence holders will want to prepare for restrictions being lifted and sport resuming. However, it is important to remember that professional Boxing will not be able to resume as soon as the “lockdown” and social distancing measures are lifted. The principle reason for this is the strict medical practices that the BBBofC has in place. These are for the safety of Boxers.”
“When restrictions are lifted, the ongoing work for our BBBofC Medical Officers and ambulance crews in their NHS roles will continue for some time. As the immediate pressure on the NHS reduces some Medical Officers may be available to work at BBBofC shows. However, this may not necessarily mean that shows can run.”
“While the NHS is still fighting/recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic we cannot place any further pressure on the system. Your patience in the phased return of BBBofC licensed shows will be required and appreciated. We will continue to follow the Government and Medical Authorities’ advice. We will also keep the situation under review.”
“When possible, to explore all options available to find a way of permitting Boxing when it is safe to do so. We would like to re-emphasise that our thoughts are with everyone affected by COVID-19. Please stay home. Stay safe,” informed the British Boxing Board of Control.