|Thu 11th Jun 2020|
Competitive polo suspended in the UK
With the high goal due to begin on Friday 12 June, the HPA has sent a communication this evening, specifically addressing patron status playing elite sports. The HPA stated:
During a meeting this evening the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) gave a clear directive that only those who earn a living from competing in a sport or are aged 16 and over and on an elite pathway programme qualify as elite sports persons, and only those persons are currently eligible to play on a competitive basis. The resumption of sport for amateur players and patrons will be kept under review by DCMS. For the avoidance of doubt at this time:
· Professionals can continue to play at any level as can anyone aged 16 and over on an elite pathway programme;
· Everyone, including amateurs can take part in training with up to 6 persons.
We will receive a written directive shortly from DCMS which we will publish but in the meantime all competitive polo is suspended whilst we discuss with our clubs how we can best take the season forward.
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