By Duane Fonseca
Racing is set to resume in Germany behind closed doors, just like in France, the governing body for the sport in the country Deutscher Galopp has announced.
German racing will restart on 4 May a week before things get underway in France after positive talks were held between Deutscher Galopp and government officials.
It was initially suggested racing would start on 1 May, but Deutscher Galopp President Michael Vesper said things were pushed back a few days due to political restrictions.
Racing starts at Dortmund now with the 1 May start previously slated for Hanover. Mannheim and Cologne were due to host races 2 and 3 May. All three venues are now expected to mark their returns a week later.
“We have worked a lot in the past few days and have been in constant contact with governments, local authorities and the racecourses since then,” Vesper was quoted as saying on galopponline.de.
“We are also deliberately focusing on this week because we would then have the advantage that not much else is happening elsewhere, so we hope to boost betting turnover.”
Vesper added: “On racedays without an audience, it is not so important that they take place at the weekend.
“It is fundamentally permitted to hold events such as racedays again from 4 May. The regulations apply until 3 May. We are now preparing to start then and talk to the municipalities and those who do have to decide.”